Starting at nursery can seem like a daunting experience for parents but our nursery nurses are very experienced at helping both you and your child feel comfortable and settled in their new surroundings.
Some tips on how to make this an enjoyable experience and an easy transition for you both are included here but should you have any queries that remain uncovered, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are always happy to provide additional assistance and information.
Before the big day
We offer two short visits to the nursery of approximately an hour at a time. We will contact you to arrange these just prior to your child starting with us and encourage parents/carers to also spend time at our setting making sure they are confident when these visits end that their child is happy and settled.
Your child’s key person will often be introduced at your settling in visit. This is the key individual for settling your child and they will guide you through the process, answering any questions you may have.
Even babies can pick up on positive messages you give them about starting at nursery and what a fun experience it will be for them. Spend time if you can in the weeks and days prior to the ‘big day’ talking to them about the new experience they are about to embark on. Talk about all the fun activities they will be undertaking and how many new friends they will be making.
The nursery will already have provided you with an information sheet regarding your childs requirements in terms of allergies, diet, sleep etc. As much information as possible is encouraged between your child’s key worker and yourself. This ensures that we are equipped with as much knowledge as possible to help settle your child well and ensure they feel comfortable and secure as quickly as possible. We encourage families to play an active part in Nursery life and very much encourage our parents to get involved. If you think you have a certain skill that the children may want to learn about let us know.
Little Owls have an open door policy and should you wish to come and spend some time with us whilst your child is here are you are more than welcome to do so.
‘My First Day at Nursery’ by Becky Edwards and Anthony Flintoff and ‘Maisy Goes to Playschool’ are two books that have been tried and tested by some of our parents.
On the day
We understand how important it is for your child’s first day to be as relaxed as possible with opportunities for them to play freely whilst we get to know their likes and dislikes. Their key person will spend time getting to know them and their personality, in order to ensure the correct experiences, activities and opportunities are on offer for them. All children are unique and our aim is to cater for every child whilst focussing on the Early Years Foundation Framework.
It can be very difficult for parents/carers if at the point you leave your child he or she is crying. We understand how upsetting this can be and our nursery nurses are experienced in dealing with these situations delicately. If you feel extra settling in visits may be beneficial to your child then this is something we can discuss further with you. The best advice is to smile clearly and give a set point in the day when you will return that is tangible to the child (i.e., “Mummy will see you after lunchtime” or “Daddy will be back later after Tea”.) Prolonging the goodbye can be more difficult for the child and as hard as it may be it is better to leave and allow them to focus on their day and get busy with the activities on offer.