Starting Nursery

We aim to ensure that the transition into nursery goes smoothly and hope this gives you lots of useful information.

We understand that starting nursery can be a daunting time with lots of new experiences for both parents and children. We try our best to work with families to make this new beginning as smooth and easy as possible.

All children can initially feel uncertain at separating from their parent or carer – this is normal and we try hard to ease any concerns and reassure
the children.

We help to settle your child into nursery with two settling in sessions that allow you and your child to feel comfortable and confident. The first session is with you and your child visiting the classroom. This will give you the chance to meet the room leaders and practitioners and your child to explore their new
environment. The second visit is when you leave your child with the practitioners within their new classroom. These visits normally last between half an hour to an hour.

Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have regarding any aspect of nursery life. We believe in the importance of parent partnerships and actively promote this with newsletters, parents’ evenings and the online learning journals (Tapestry).

We believe children need to feel a sense of security, which is why we aim to provide a home from home environment. We strive to ensure that all children feel happy, relaxed and safe.

When your child starts nursery these few points might help:

  • Before your child’s first day at nursery please ensure all registration forms are completed.
  • On your child’s first day please bring something that will comfort them, i.e. their favourite toy. Please remember not to forget it when leaving nursery or have a spare just for nursery.
  • If your child is still in nappies you will need to send in nappies and wipes. If your child regularly uses cream, please supply this.
  • If you are providing meals from home please send them in a named container. Please do not pack any nuts or nut products.
  • You will need to supply a named cup, which needs to be taken home each day.
  • You will need to pack at least a change of clothes in case their clothes get messy or wet. Please write your child’s name on clothing to avoid any belongings going home with other children.
  • Please supply appropriate clothes for the weather i.e. sunhat, rain coat, warm jumper. If it’s a really hot day it is advisable to put sun cream on your child before they arrive.

Clothing

We endeavour to keep the children’s clothing as clean as possible by providing aprons, however please do not send your child to nursery in their best clothes as it is not possible to guarantee that they will stay mess free!
We recommend no belts or buckles as those can be tricky for little fingers when they are learning to go to the toilet independently.
We have a range of nursery branded polo shirts and jumpers available. Please enquire at the office for current availability.