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Settling In

Settling young children into a group environment is a major priority. We are very aware of the emotional vulnerability that many children feel on entering a new setting. We believe that children with high self-esteem, who feel confident in themselves and their own ability, have a head start in learning.

It is in their first few years at school that children first learn to function as a member of a large group outside their family. We aim to provide an environment where children can develop the skills needed to cope with the emotional, social, physical and intellectual challenges they will meet, as they grow older.

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Key points about our settling in procedure

  • Starting dates are staggered in order to facilitate 1:1 attention from the key worker

  • The Nursery staff will work in partnership with parents/carers to settle the child into the Nursery environment

  • During the first few days, parents/carers will stay with the child for sufficient time so that the child feels settled and the parent/carer feels comfortable about leaving her or him

  • Parents/carers are encouraged to bring in special toys or comforters to help a child settle in. Special toys and comforters are particularly helpful for the child if they are used at home at sleep time
  • No child will be taken on an outing from the Nursery until he or she is completely settled

  • For the first few sessions, parents/carers should follow the following schedule:
  • – 1st day: 9:30am to 11:30am (parents are required to stay and be in the room)

    – 2nd day: 9:30am to 12:30am (parents are required to stay on site)

    – 3rd day: 9:30am to 2:00 / 2:30pm (parents are welcome to leave the site but need to be contactable and available if necessary)

    – 4th day: 9:30am to 4:00pm (parents are welcome to leave the site but are to be contactable and available if necessary)