How to help your child settle in nursery

Before the children start nursery, they have opportunities to attend small group sessions at the centre, to meet with some of the other children and get to know the staff who will be working with them.

The week before their start date, staff from the nurseries will visit you at home to meet your child and give you an opportunity to discuss your needs and ask any questions you may have. You will be given a date for your child to register for nursery at this meeting. Once registered, a start date will be given for your child to attend the nursery.

We recognize that starting nursery can be a stressful experience for parents and children alike. You are welcome to stay with your child in order to help with the settling in and you may also wish to collect your child slightly earlier during the first few days. Staff are always available to answer any queries that you may have.

We ask that children are collected by an adult who is known to us. If for any reason someone unknown to us is collecting your child on a particular day, we would ask that you notify us either in writing or by phone. We ask all parents to provide us with a “password” in order to ensure that the arrangements are as secure as possible.

We never allow children to leave nursery with a stranger. If you are unavoidably delayed, nursery staff will stay with the children but we urge you to make every effort to be on time as it can be distressing for your child to see all the other children being collected and they are still waiting. Regular and punctual attendance will help your child to settle into nursery and set a good habit for the future.

Please let us know by phone or in writing if your child is absent from nursery for whatever reason.