Settling in Tips

settling in Tips

Little Academy Nursery aims to ensure your child’s introduction to our nursery is as stress free as possible. If your child is not used to being away from you, you can expect him/her to need a little time to settle into the nursery. All children react differently when in a new environment, in some cases, children may appear to settle easily but after a couple of days become tearful and reluctant to leave their parents. Each child will progress to independence in their own time.

It is important that staff build friendly and productive relationships with both the child and parents, and our procedures are designed to support this. It is our aim to work closely with parents to make the transition from home to nursery as smooth as possible, allowing your child as much time as they need to settle. We aim to achieve this by inviting you and your child to visit the nursery prior to your child’s start date. This will help familiarize your child with the nursery, their teacher and the other children.

 


Little Academy Nursery’s settling in procedure:



  • For the first day one parent should stay at the nursery for the duration of a few hours in the morning with their child.

  • The second day is a settling in period. The parent needs to step out of the class in order for the child’s settling in period to start.

  • The next 2-3 visits the child is left for 2-3 hours in the classroom without the parents. Parents, relatives and nannies are asked to leave the Nursery premises in order for the child to leave their classroom and transport to various indoor and outdoor areas without distraction. Little Academy staff are extremely experienced in helping children to settle so please ask for advice if you are unsure at any stage.

  • We encourage parents to send their child with a favorite book or toy from home during this adjustment period, as this reminder of home will be comforting for the child.

  • If during the first few days a child is extremely upset and a teacher is unable to settle him/her for the day, the parents will then be contacted to come and collect their child.


 

We encourage parents to be open and honest with their child when leaving as slipping away can be distressing for them. We also advise that you leave straight away once informing your child, as it is much harder for them if you are hovering around or hesitant to leave. There is no set time in which a child will settle into the new environment. Some may easily adjust while others may have some difficulty. The classroom teacher will always give honest feedback on the settling process and will inform you if the settling in phase needs to be altered in any way. Little Academy Nursery appreciates that this can also be a stressful and upsetting time for parents. However, parents are required to leave the class when advised to do so by the teacher or admin. Our cameras in reception are only for short viewings during drop off / pick up during the day. Parents are welcome to call any time to check on their children, especially during the settling in period, where our staff will be more than happy to provide an update.

Once your child has settled, we still emphasize the routine of leaving right after saying goodbye on arrival days, even though this may be difficult. This is important as to not disrupt the classroom routine or create any further setbacks in the settling in process.