Once you have shown an interest in joining our nursery we will arrange a home visit, this works as an opportunity for the key person to spend some time with your child. Experience has shown us that children feel most comfortable when in the safety of their own home and that they naturally trust those that visit their home, the home visit therefore helps build a bond between the child and key person, making the transition to nursery a smoother experience.
After the home visit we will arrange three convenient settling in sessions with you, these sessions will allow you and your child to become familiar with the nursery, the staff, and also our daily routines. (These sessions are not chargeable).
On your first settling in session you will meet your key person, s/he we will make sure we have all of the relevant information needed, this may include dietary requirements, health care requirements, emergency contacts etc.
During the second settling in session we will complete a baseline assessment with you that captures the developmental milestones that your child has already achieved, this is used as a starting point to make sure that we understand how to help your child continue to learn.
During the third settling in session we would hope that you may be able to leave your child playing in the room for a short period of time, this allows you to ask any extra questions that you may have and also trial how your child will manage without you in the room with them
If you feel your child isn’t ready to be left after the settling in sessions we can arrange additional sessions for you.
Our key Person & Buddy Approach
Each child is assigned a key person. Your child’s key person will be your main point of contact and your child’s special friend. They will make sure that all of your child’s needs are met and are responsible for planning opportunities for your child to learn and monitoring their outcomes. Once a term your child’s key person will meet with you to discuss the progress that has been made and together you will plan learning opportunities that you think are most relevant to your child.
A key buddy system is in place for times when your key person may not be in the nursery. The key person and key buddy will work closely to share information so that your child’s needs continue to be met.
The key person will share photographs with you daily so that you can see how your child has spent their time in nursery they will also send you monthly written accounts to highlight learning developments that have taken place through your child’s play experiences.