Settling in procedure

Why do we settle a child?

All children are individuals and as such can have very different reactions when being separated from their main carer. Some will take it in their stride while others will find it a more difficult time. During their settling period you and your child will have an opportunity to become familiar with the setting and begin to build positive relationships with the children and staff team. While settling children we aim to give them the opportunity to join in the nursery routine, experience activities and have a meal.

The nursery staff will work in partnership with parents/carer’s to settle the child or children into the nursery environment and throughout their time at the setting.

Prior to starting at the setting we will provide you with a ‘welcome pack’ and all the enclosed forms will need to be completed by you and returned to us before you are able to leave your child in our care.

The settling in process will begin by offering the child the opportunity to experience nursery life for short periods of time, usually over a one-week period. At the start of the settling in process parents will be expected to stay with their child until the room leader/manager feels the child can be left.

Once the child can be left at nursery, the room leader will increase the period of time they attend day by day.

Once the child has had their settling week ideally parents are asked to collect their children early from nursery so that the children do not have too long a day to start off with. However we do understand that work or college commitments may hinder you from doing this.

An example of a weeks settling:

Monday from 10.30am to 11.30pm - Main carer and staff team

Tuesday from 10.30am to 11.30pm - Main carer for first and last 10 minutes and staff team

Wednesday from 10.00am to 11.30pm - The staff team

Thursday from 10.00am to 12.00 noon - The staff team

Friday from 10.00am to 1.00pm - The staff team