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Settling In

Settling in to Pre-School

Before your child starts to attend the pre-school, we use a variety of ways to provide parents with information. These include written information (including our prospectus and a current newsletter) about pre-school activities.

We want children to feel safe and happy when they start pre-school.  In order to achieve this, we will encourage parents to visit with their children during the weeks before admission.

Your child will be the special responsibility of a keyworker who will be introduced at your first visit. She will ask you for your help in completing an ‘initial child profile’ which will help her to get to know your child.

Encouraging Trust

A child may take a while to settle into pre-school. This is not unusual and families will be supported by staff for as long as it takes for the child to feel confident about being left.  Parents will be encouraged to separate from their child for brief periods at first, gradually building up to longer absences.

Whenever a parent leaves, it is the policy of the Pre-school that goodbyes be said to both staff and child, encouraging trust between child, parent and staff and confidence that parents will return at the end of the session.

Helping Children Feel Comfortable

Children cannot play or learn successfully if they are anxious or unhappy.  Our settling procedures aim to help children feel comfortable and to benefit from what the pre-school has to offer.