We want every child to feel safe and happy at pre-school and to feel secure and comfortable with the staff. We also want our families to have confidence in their child’s well-being and their role as active partners with the pre-school.
We aim to make our setting a welcoming place where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of each child and their family.
Before your child joins our pre-school, we invite you to come along to one of our ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. This a great opportunity for you to see our setting first hand and to experience the type of activities we have on offer for the children. It is also a great opportunity for you to meet the staff and other families within your cohort.
We also arrange a home visit where your key worker visits you and your child at home to discuss your child’s likes, dislikes, interests and any concerns you may have.
Next, you and your child will be invited to attend a settling in session for an hour and thereafter your child will attend a second settling in session where we ask parents to settle their child on arrival at pre-school and then leave them for around an hour. The two settling in sessions are free of charge.
After the initial two settling in sessions, we are happy for parents to continue accompanying their child until they are deemed to be settled. Some children take longer than others to settle and some settle more quickly and then become distressed a few weeks later. We will always work with our families to support their child through this transition period.
We judge a child to be settled when they look for their key worker when they arrive, go to them for comfort and be pleased to be with them and their peers. When parents leave, we ask them to say goodbye to their child and explain when they will be coming back.
Within the first four to six weeks of a child joining the pre-school we arrange a settling-in chat where parents are invited to meet with their child’s key worker to discuss how they feel they getting along and to start creating their child’s Learning Journey.
We are flexible over the number of sessions children attend. However, we ask that all children attend for a minimum of 3 sessions per week which we feel helps with the settling in process.