We understand that leaving your child at nursery for the first time can be an emotional experience.
The idea of leaving your little one in a new place with people they don’t know can be really tough. We completely understand what a big step this is for you as a family.
It’s easy to forget at times like these that your child is actually at the start of a very exciting journey. They’ll soon be making friends, growing in confidence and telling you all about the exciting things they’ve learned throughout their day!
To ensure a fantastic beginning to this remarkable journey, our goal is to make your child’s first day at nursery a calm and positive experience. We achieve this by offering free ‘settling in sessions’ where we focus on helping your child adjust comfortably to their new surroundings.
Our Settling in Sessions
Before your little one starts at nursery, we’ll invite you to bring them along for some ‘settling in’ sessions. This involves you bringing your child into nursery and staying with them as they explore their new environment and get to know their ‘key person’.
Your ‘Key Person’
When your child joins nursery, they’ll develop a very special bond with their ‘key person’. This friendly face will be your child’s main carer; providing comfort, support and consistency on a daily basis.
The ‘key person’ approach means your child is being cared for by someone who knows all about their unique likes, interests and needs. This enhances your child’s development; providing them with a sense of security and giving you confidence that your child’s emotional and physical needs are being met.
You’ll get to know your child’s ‘key person’ well through face-to-face chats at pick-ups and drops offs, as well as at Parents’ Evenings throughout the year. You’re also more than likely to hear their name a lot at home, as your child starts chatting about all the fun they’ve been having at nursery!
In the event that your child’s designated ‘key person’ is absent from nursery, we have a fantastic ‘key person’ buddy system in place. This means that another practitioner from the same room as your child will step in. They will be equally familiar with your child and will provide the same level of care and support during the absence of their regular ‘key person’.
Your Child’s Online Learning Journal
When you’re busy with work and family life, it’s not always possible to stop and chat with your ‘key person’ at pick-up and drop-offs. This doesn’t just lead to you feeling like you’re missing out on what your child is doing each day; it also makes it harder for your ‘key person’ to learn about any developmental milestones that have happened at home.
That’s where our online learning journal comes in…
This is a brilliant online tool that allows you to see what your child has been doing at nursery from home. It also allows you to add your own information, so your child’s ‘key person’ can see what your child has been getting up to away from nursery.
This easy exchange of information is hugely beneficial to your child’s learning and development. It makes sure both you and your ‘key person’ are on the same page about your child’s latest milestones and interests, builds strong parent partnerships and helps us to work together to give your child the best possible start in life.
School readiness is not just about preparing your child for ‘big school’. Throughout your child’s time at nursery, we are continually preparing your child to be ready for their next adventure with us and beyond. This may be moving from the baby room to the toddler room and the toddler room to the pre-school room.
We aim to support your child every step of the way, from learning to take those all-important first steps, to developing their skills in preparation for early reading and writing skills. All of this is done gently and at the right pace for your child.
Our curriculum, which is designed to support your child, is one that builds upon the skills that your child already has and supports them in developing further. We are also very mindful that when your child is ready to move to ‘big school’, they have another full school year to work towards those milestones.