“I was impressed that when we came for my daughter’s induction, everyone knew her name and what she had been like when we looked around a few months previously. The staff cared about her from day one.”
At Smarties we recognise how important a smooth and
comfortable transition from being at home to life at nursery is for young
children and their families. For us to best support this transition we
offer free settling in sessions.
These sessions usually take place the week before a child is
due to start at Smarties, to promote consistency and allow the child to become
familiar with their new surroundings and environment. It is also a great
opportunity for families to meet the staff team and other children.
We recommend at least three settling in sessions, however
more or less can be provided depending what works best for each child and their
families. We recognise each child as a unique individual therefore we will
always cater to individual needs.
The first settling in session provides a perfect opportunity
for parents and carers to come into nursery, meet the team who will be caring
for their child and to give them an overview of their child’s likes and
dislikes, abilities and inform us of any allergies or dietary needs.
The second settling in session is generally when
parents and carers can leave their child to stay and play with us, again these
sessions are tailored to what works best for each family.
On the final settling in session the child will be invited
to join us over a meal time, this allows the child to become familiar with the
mealtime routine at nursery and gives them the opportunity to enjoy dinner with
us before they start.