Settling in at Starjumps nursery
During the half-term before a child is enrolled, we provide opportunities for the child and his/her parents to visit the setting and to arrange pre-visits to familiarize your child with the nursery and the adults who will care for your child.
We allocate a key person to each child and his / her family before she / he starts to attend: the key person welcomes and looks after the child and his / her parents at the child’s first session and during the settling-in process.
We would encourage the parent, carer or close relative to stay with their child for most of the session during the first few visits.
Younger children and infants will take longer to settle in, as will children who have not previously spent time away from home. Children who have had a period of absence may also need their parent to be on hand to re-settle them. Settling in periods for infants will be done over a two week interval or when parent/ carer are happy.
We recognize that some children will settle more readily than others but that some children who appear to settle rapidly are not ready to be left, so we would encourage that parents / carers will honour the commitment to stay with their child for their first few session until they are settled.
A child that settles gently and happily into Nursery will face other new situations more confidently.
The Play and Learning Environment
All our play and learning activities are planned inline with national guidance, The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
The Practice Guidance for the early Years Foundation Stage provides information and advice to help plan challenging and enjoyable experiences across all areas of Learning and Development. There are six areas of Learning and Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
Staff provide a well-planned, equipped and organised play environment that offers children rich and stimulating experiences, alongside opportunities to explore, experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves.
At all times the staff will recognise a child’s individuality, effort and achievement.
Wherever appropriate, children will be involved in the process of planning activities so that the programme reflects their opinions, needs, abilities and interests, so that children feel some ownership over their environment.
We recognise the importance of routines for all children, when ever possible we will attempt these routines around your child.