Settling In Process
We aim to ensure your child’s introduction to our setting is as stress free as possible. Once a place has been offered, we aim to achieve this by inviting you and your child to visit the school prior to your child’s official start date. This helps to familiarise your child with the school , the school staff and the other children, and provides the opportunity to give your journey a trial run.
A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents/guardians and staff to work together to help the child feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children and parents/carers should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle. You must be prepared to accept that it may take some time for your child to adjust to the school but very few children fail to settle eventually. We find that staying with your child and then leaving him/her for short period eases the separation process. Please remember, the more your child comes and experiences the activities on offer and sees you interacting with the staff, the more settled s/he will feel. To see our recommended programme to introduce your child to life at the school , please refer to the Settling-in Procedure in the Procedures section of this document.
We suggest that you stay with your child and spend an hour together in the school setting. This will normally be enough for your child’s first day.
You will be invited to accompany your child for one and a half hours in the setting. All being well, we will suggest that you try and leave your child for half an hour. During this time the practitioner will use this time to get to know your child on a one to one basis and understand their likes and dislikes. This can also encourage your child to feel comfortable within their surroundings.
By day three your child should be ready to stay within the setting for an hour and a half without your company.
In the unlikely event that your child does not seem to settle at the school we will review the situation with you and discuss the options, including termination of the contract. Such termination is at the sole discretion of the principal or School Manager.