Starting at Pre-school can be daunting for some children, who may feel the anxiety of separation from their parents. Staff will help to make the settling in process as smooth as possible and they will guide you through the process. If your child is having difficulties settling then please do speak to us about things we can put in place to help, and feel free to stay for as long as is needed.
Each child is assigned a key person for the duration of their time with us, who parents are free to talk to at any time. We do also hold parent consultations once a year, where we can show you your child’s learning journal and discuss their progress or any concerns you may have.
Post Covid – During these times we will be using a variety of ways to support parents and children to explore our setting before joining, – You can request a tour of the building and we will give you an appointed time slot and we ask that you wash hands on arrival and whilst on the premises parents to wear a mask during your time in the setting. You will be shown around the setting mindful of keeping your distance during this interaction.
First day – We ask that only one parent/carer stays to fill in the appropriate paperwork and get to know your child’s key person, we anticipate this to be an hour. We will then ask you to say goodbye to your child and let them know you will be back in a little while. We also ask that you bring a bag (not carrier bags) with a sufficient amount of clothes, nappies, wipes etc.. staff will request top ups when needed. On the second day we ask you to leave them at the door, but if requested by key person, maybe stay outside for a few minutes to see how your child responds.
Correspondence / Communication – You will still be able to communicate with your key person or management via e-mail, telephone, or at a safe distance in the car park.
Pre-Covid – Firstly you will be given a TOUR OF THE PREMISES so you and your child will be familiar with the school. When a child starts to attend, we explain the process of settling-in with his/her parents and jointly decide on the best way to help the child to settle into the setting.
We have an expectation that the parent, carer or close relative, will stay for the first 6 sessions, gradually taking time away from their child, increasing this as and when the child is able to cope. We judge a child to be settled when they have formed a relationship 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 things are and is pleased to see other children and participate in activities.
When parents leave, we ask them to say goodbye to their child and explain that they will be coming back, and when.
Taken from the Role of the Key Person and Settling Policy, please see Policy for more information