If you’re a first-time parent and sending your child to nursery for the first time, you may face settling in issues. Starting nursery is beneficial for children and their parents; but it can also prove to be an anxious time too. The settling in period of a child has a crucial importance to their later happiness in the nursery. All children are different and some children will adjust easily to the new environment and routines, while others will take longer to adjust, feel comfortable and secure.
How do you comfort a child and allow them the security of settling into a new environment? At Little Pandas ELC we allow children the opportunity of settling at their own pace. Providing a nurturing environment within a pre-school and daycare setting coupled with an understanding of the child’s needs enables the transition of the child from home to nursery to be a smooth one. With us the first settling in session is no more than an hour. The aim is to have the child leave us at the end of the hour, happy and wanting to return the next day for more fun! If during the first hour your child is tearful we will call you and ask you to come and play with your child at nursery, allowing them the security of knowing that their primary carer is nearby. In this way across the first week the number of hours that your child spends with us by themselves increases
During the settling in period:
- Children visit the nursery along with their parent / close adult several times.
- The close adult is welcome to spend as much time as necessary in the nursery with the child to settle them.
- Staff members will work closely with parents to ensure that child is happy in the nursery.
- The parents / close adults should be contactable always while the child is at nursery.
- The parents should talk to their child about nursery and the staff (specially the key person).
- The staff will observe the special times between the child and parent, feeding and changing of the child so that they can follow their lead.
- The child will spend more time with the key person and get introduced to other children.
- Your child will be exposed to toileting, snack and meal times, play time and nap time.
The settling in period is intended to bridge the gap between home and nursery. It should help children to become accustomed to the nursery and form an attachment with their key person. The settling in period ensures that when the time comes, everything and everyone will be ready to get off to a good start.