First Days

Starting At Our Setting

Home Visit & Setting Visits

Your child’s key person will carry out a home visit. We believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to who knows them and their parents well. By playing with your child at home it allows your child to familiarise themselves with their key person and begin a sense of trust. You will be offered a setting visit to see how normal sessions run and this will give you an idea of some of the things your child will be doing whilst at our setting.

Uniform

Although uniform is not compulsory we do find that most parents prefer it. T-shirts and sweatshirts are available and you can order them by completing an order form. There will be an order form for you to fill in with your requirements in your starter’s pack. We request that children also wear comfortable jogging bottoms/leggings and slippers. We do provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities. We encourage the children to gain skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves – this includes taking off and putting on outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them do this. Please do not send your child in their best/favourite clothes as having fun can be messy, even with protective clothing. Please could you also ensure that all clothes are clearly named.

Nappies & Toilet Training

Please provide your child’s nappies in a labelled bag, we provide wipes and cream. If you wish to use your own particular wipes and creams, please provide them clearly labelled for staff to use. After consultation with parents we will start potty training when your child is ready, we have low level accessible toilets for the children to use. Please provide plenty of spare clothes at this time.

The First Days

We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. To make sure that this is the case, our staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into the setting. Our policy on the Role of the Key Person and Settling-in is available from Jo Littlejohn.