It is very important that children feel safe and secure, for their social and emotional well-being. We therefore always ask parents/carers to stay and support their child during the settling in process.
The length of time that this takes depends very much on the individual child. Generally, the younger the child, the more support they will need. For most children under 3, they will need their parent/carer to stay for at least one whole session, and to remain for part of, or all of, several subsequent sessions. It is best for the same adult to stay for the whole of the settling in process, so that it is consistent, and if possible, not to bring siblings so that they can concentrate their attention on their nursery child.
Every child is allocated a Key Person. This is a member of staff who takes main responsibility for that child’s care and well-being, helping to ensure that all their needs are met and that they feel safe and secure.
The Key Person plays an important role in helping a child to settle, by establishing a trusting relationship with them and their family.
If you wish, prior to your child starting at the nursery, the Key Person, will visit you and your child in your home, in order to begin the process of getting to know one another. In the past, this has proved to be very beneficial, especially in the case of a child that has additional needs.
We hope very much that together we will be able to make the settling in process as easy as possible, and we look forward to a long and happy association with you and your family. If at any time there is anything concerning you or your child, please talk to your child’s Key Person, or the person in charge if you prefer.