Settling your child is really important, so a few weeks before your child is due to start at Scallywags you will be invited to help your child settle in by visiting the nursery with them.
Once you and your child are happy you can leave them for a short time. This allows you and your child to build confidence in your new surroundings and the staff, and you will become acquainted with the staff that will be caring for the settling of your child.
After 4-6 weeks of your child attending nursery you will be invited to meet with the unit team leader to discuss how your child is settling and any further requirements that you, or your child, may have.
Our nursery will work in partnership with parents to settle their child into the nursery environment by:
- Allocating a key person to each child and his/her family, before he/she starts to attend. The key person welcomes and looks after the child, ensuring that their care is tailored to meet their individual needs. He/she offers a settled relationship for the child and builds a relationship with his/her parents during the settling in period and throughout his/her time at the nursery, to ensure the family has a familiar contact person to assist with the settling in process
- Providing parents with relevant information about the policies and procedures of settling children into nursery
- Encouraging parents and children to visit the nursery during the weeks before an admission is planned
- Planning settling in visits and introductory sessions.
- Welcoming parents to stay with their child during the first few weeks until the child feels settled and the parents feel comfortable about leaving their child. Settling children into nursery visits and introductory sessions are key to a smooth transition and to ensure good communication and information sharing between staff and parents
- Reassuring parents whose children seem to be taking a long time settling in to the nursery and developing a plan with them
- Encouraging parents, where appropriate, to separate themselves from their children for brief periods at first, gradually building up to longer absences
- Assigning a buddy/back-up key person to each child in case the key person is not available. Parents will be made aware of this to support the settling process and attachment
- Reviewing the nominated key person if the child is bonding with another member of staff to ensure the child’s needs are supported
- Respecting the circumstances of all families, including those who are unable to stay for long periods of time in the nursery and reassure them of their child’s progress towards settling in
- Not taking a child on an outing from the nursery until he/she is completely settled.
Please feel free to request a meeting at any time if you would like.