To give both children and parents a chance to adjust to the Nursery in a relaxed way, we recommend a settling-in week prior to the child's start date.
Coming to the Nursery is an exciting, happy and sometimes a scary experience.
Settling-in week is free of charge and allows both you and your child to become familiar with nursery life, allowing the child to gradually get used to coming to the Nursery and leaving their parent.
We suggest that in the beginning a parent stays with the child for short visits to the Nursery.
Later, as the child has become more confident, the parent can leave the Nursery for a short time, making this period longer each time, until the child stays for a full session without the parent.
The settling-in period usually lasts for one week, but will be discussed with the Nursery manager and the child's key worker so it can be tailored to you and your child's needs. There is no charge for this settling-in period.
The exact programme for each settling-in period will depend on the individual child.
This article was published on May 14, 2009