We have a transition process which aims to make the children’s start to Nursery as smooth and as personal as possible. Generally the process suits most children; however, some children will need more time and we will work together with you to manage this.
This transition period is very important as starting Nursery is a huge step for all children, even if they’re used to being left or have attended another nursery. It is unlikely that they will have attended anywhere as big, or exciting or demanding as Nursery School before, and it is only natural that they may feel a little overwhelmed at first.
We do our utmost to make this transition as easy as possible for both children and their Parents/Carers – taking the initial steps gradually and carefully seems to work best. Regular attendance helps children to settle into the routine of coming to nursery and we encourage parents to make sure that unless their child is ill, that they bring them to every session.
Parents/Carers are invited to accompany their child for a 1 hour session. They will have the opportunity to look around, see how a typical session runs, and watch how staff support the children’s play and learning within the Nursery.
Parents/Carers bring their child for 1 hour. The child will play with staff in the Nursery whilst the adult completes paperwork in a different room. Staff will have a conversation with the Parent/Carer as to how long the child may cope the next day.
3rd session and beyond
It is our aim that children attend for their full entitlement as soon as possible. Generally, children stay for approximately one and half hours during the 3rd session and after that their full 3 hours if they are ready.