Settling In Process
Starting pre-school, can trigger lots of different emotions in children and their parents. For some children they are happy, confident and excited at the prospect of being a ‘big girl or boy’ and going to school, and will embrace all aspects of pre-school life without a backwards glance. But for other children, it can be a time of feeling sad, scared or nervous at being in a new environment, and they will become upset.
Please be reassured and try not to worry, as this is a normal reaction.
As a team we will work closely to support your child through this transition, to make it as easy as possible. The first few times a child attends pre-school, parents sometimes like to stay a little while, whilst their child settles, the length and amount of time you do this is entirely up to you, as you know your child best, and we are more than happy for you to do so, but for some children prolonging the goodbye, makes it more difficult for them to settle. We would encourage you to say ‘goodbye’ and for example ” that you are going to the shops, but will be back to collect them later” If your child has a comforter or favourite toy they use all the time, we are happy for them to bring it along with them, as this can help them to feel more relaxed. Your child will be allocated a key person, who will work closely with your child, getting to know their likes/dislikes, and learning style, which will then feed into their learning journey.
We also understand that this can be distressing for you too, and we will telephone you to let you know how they are doing during the day. If you have any worries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to talk to your child’s key person or the Manager, who will be happy to help.