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Preparing for Nursery

In this section we provide everything you and your child needs to know about settling into the nursery.

Although you may view your child’s first day at nursery as a daunting experience, be assured our nursery nurses are experienced at helping you and your child settle in. There are some tips below on how to make this an enjoyable time and as easy as possible for both you and your child.

In the run up

Your Key person makes their first contact with you the week before your child is due to settle into the nursery by calling you to introduce themselves to you and to arrange a home visit. On this day you will go through all the forms with your Key person and this will take approximately an hour to an hour and a half. During the settling-in week it gives you an opportunity to establish a positive relationship with the nursery team.

The Key person will also be responsible for your child’s development and welfare and they are your main point of contact at the nursery.

In the weeks prior to the ‘big day’ talk to your child about the new experience they are about to embark on, mentioning all the new and exciting things they will be doing. Even babies will pick up on the positive messages you give about this transition.

If this is the first time your child is going to be separated from you, you could help them prepare by spending short periods of time apart in the run up to their first day.

We will ensure there is a two-way relationship between you and the nursery. We request that you provide us with details of your child’s requirements and preference prior to their first visit. This means that their Key person will then be equipped with the knowledge to ensure they can welcome and settle your child into nursery life with all the information you have offered. No question is ever a silly question and we encourage families to take an active role in nursery life.

Dragonfly Day Nursery has an open door policy and should you wish to come and spend some time in the nursery with your little one, you are always welcome.

Day 1

Parent and child attend the nursery for an hour. Parent is present for duration of the visit. The purpose of this visit is to familiarise the child with staff, other children and the environment whilst they feel safe with a parent present. On this day you will mainly be responsible for your child as they will not count towards our staff child ratio.

In exceptional circumstances the Key Person can arrange a home visit. On this day you will go through all the forms with your Key person. This gives you an opportunity to establish a positive relationship with the Key Person in a familiar setting.

On your first day you are required to bring along the following:
•Your child’s full birth certificate
•Your child’s health visitor book
•2-4 people whom will be your child’s emergency contact (this cannot be either the mother or father. You will need all contact details for them, photo graphs of these people and create a unique password for them to use when collecting your child)
•Comforters

Children’s privacy will be respected throughout and independence will be encouraged; staff will offer support when this is necessary or asked for.

We will safeguard children by ensuring only staff with a current enhanced DBC and the appropriate training will carry out intimate care procedures. Staff will not be left on their own with children for extended periods of time.

Day 2

Parent and child attend the nursery for an hour. Parent is present for approximately 5-10mins and then says goodbye and explains that they will be returning. The purpose of this visit is to demonstrate to the child that their parent will return.

Day 3

The child attends the nursery for 2 hours. At the beginning of the hour the parent bids farewell to the child as they will on every other day of attendance and explain again that they will return. This visit is to extend on the length of time the child is present. During this visit parents are required to stay in close proximity to the nursery in case their child becomes overly distressed. In this case we will contact them and arrange for them to come back. At this point we may re-assess days 4 and 5.

Day 4 & 5

The child attends the nursery for the majority of the day. Once again the parent bids farewell to the child, explaining that they will return. We will arrange the time for today’s visit to incorporate the individual child so that they eat lunch and sleep on the premises, to prepare them for their longer days next week. Parents are again required to remain in close proximity in case their child becomes overly distressed. Day 4 also represents the first chargeable day for the purposes of fees.