As parents ourselves, we know how anxious you can feel leaving your child in a new environment for the first time. That’s why we tailor our settling-in period to each individual child. Some only need their parent or carer with them for one session; some for two or three – while others may need a little longer.
Generally, we would suggest:
An initial visit, which is free.
Arrive for your first visit about half an hour after the start of the session.
If your child is not used to being without you, a gradual separation may be the answer. Talk to your child regularly in the days leading up to their first ‘solo’ session – let them know you’re going to go off home/to work while they have lots of fun with the teachers and other children – then you’ll be back to pick them up at the end!
For their first few sessions without you by their side, let them know you’re off now, remind them you’ll be back to collect them later, say a clear and positive goodbye and (the hard bit) walk straight out of the door. Then try to be the first back through the door at hometime to reassure your child that they’re being picked up at the same time as everybody else.
Remember: Don’t hesitate to call us to find out how your little one is coping on their first day(s). We’ve all been there, we know how it feels and we really don’t mind.
If your child is not dry, please provide them with a bag containing:
Nappies or pull-ups
Change of clothes
We take hygiene extremely seriously, so all our younger children are changed in a designated area away from the playroom.