Leaving your child at the nursery for the first time is stressful but by working together, exchanging information regularly and taking part in nursery life whenever possible. This difficult time will become a very positive experience for all of us. Our teams are highly experienced at helping children settle in and quickly adapt to the daily life in our nurseries.
To do this we
- Ensure the whole process is an enjoyable experience.
- Develop a close relationship between the nursery team and your family. We encourage you to play an active role in the nursery life as you would like to.
The Key Person will learn your child’s preferences and any requirements so that they feel at home as soon as possible. We consider it paramount for the key worker to provide all the necessary support your child needs to help him/her settle in well. Every child is treated with love, respect and dignity and assisted to settle peacefully within their new environment, particularly, enhancing their confidence. The settling process takes 2-3 weeks with each child usually feeling at home after these few weeks.
- Quickly gain an understanding of your child’s personality, likes and dislikes and develop routines which allow them to undertake the experiences, activities, opportunities and games which they find most fun or stimulating.
- We will spend quality time getting to know your child on their first day, providing relaxed opportunities for them to choose what they play with, observing what makes them tick, their personality, likes and dislikes. This information is invaluable to your Key Person and helps them to plan experiences, activities, opportunities and games for your child.
- Try not to be too anxious about leaving your child if he or she is crying. Our staff are experienced in dealing with these situations and have strategies to help them. With a smile clearly explain that you will see them later. Aim not to prolong the goodbye, as hard as this maybe, trust us that it is better for your child so they can then focus on getting on with their day.
- Let the child stay for a short period (2-3 hours) in the new setting to not stress the child and to not make the experience traumatic.
- The parents are allowed to stay with the child in the new setting for the first three (3) days for the child to feel comfortable and safe.
If this is the first time your child is going to be separated from you, you could help them prepare by spending short periods of time apart in the run up to their first day.