Parents are the first educators of young children and our Pre-School encourages working in partnership with parents at all times.
We aim to make the setting a welcoming place, where children settle quickly and easily, consideration is given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families.
We will usually visit you & your child in your home before the child begins pre-school, this gives us chance to get to know you and your child.
We will then talk to parents/carers about how best to settle your child into Pre-School, following our settling in policy.
Usually we encourage parents to bring their child for 2 hours in their chosen session in the first week; this enables your child to get to know adults and other children, without the pressure of a full session.
Younger children often take longer to settle in, as will children who have not previously spent time away from home. We believe a child to be settled in, when they have formed a healthy attachment with their key person; for example, the child looks for the key person when he/she arrives, goes to them for comfort, and seems pleased to be with them.
The child is also familiar with where resources are, participates in activities and is happy to be with other children. It is important for the parents and Pre-School staff to work together to help the child to feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children than for others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle.