It is a very big step for a child to leave a parent and we are dedicated to giving your child all the support and help needed to make the transition easier for both you and your child
This is why we offer a two-hour settle session with you & your child prior to starting. During this time, we complete a short questionnaire and have an informal chat to ease the process
Children cannot play or learn successfully if they are unhappy or anxious. Our settling in procedures help parents/carers by having the following aims:
All children settle in at different rates, and parents/carers are welcome to attend as many sessions as they feel are needed to ensure their child is happy to be left with us
Each child has a "key person" to support them throughout their time at our Pre-school
This ensure good individual support for children, continuity of care and positive contact with parents. We believe that this promotes active learning and the holistic development of each child
We assess how young children are learning and developing by conducting formal and incidental observations. Parents are encouraged to celebrate their child's achievements with us and work together by sharing information about what their child likes to do at home
We take the view that we are acting in place of a parent/carer. Sometimes it is appropriate for a child to sit on an adult's lap, particularly at story time. If a child is missing it's parent/carer or has hurt themselves, giving them a little cuddle is quite often the appropriate way of offering comfort and reassurance for many children
Support for children with additional needs is ensured. We have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and staff work sensitively with parents to identify where children need additional support. Resources and planning are adapted to promote individual learning, development and needs
Staff successfully use a range of visual prompts, puppets and signing. These methods have a positive impact on children's speech and language development
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