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We recognise that each child, parent, and nursery relationship is unique, and we use our experience to support everyone in making that transition into nursery life as smooth as possible.

Gradual steps – your first sessions

Your child will then be invited to 3 FREE settling in sessions within the nursery that will be organised as follows:

Settling in sessions

Session 1

The first settling in session will be for 2 hours. This will allow you to meet with the staff in the room and for us to learn about your child. We will complete an “all about me” booklet with you about your child’s interests, favourite toys, and allergies etc. Whilst your child is with us they can experience activities taking place and meet their peers.

Session 2

The second settling in session will be a three hour visit. This visit can be in the morning or afternoon. During this period, your child will spend some time with us without a parent, this is a great opportunity for your child to bond with an adult of their choice in the room. This member of staff will most likely be their key person. Your child will have lunch or tea with their peers during this session.

If you or the room staff feel your child would benefit from an adult settling in session with will be arranged after session 2. These sessions are free and flexible to suit. Usually booked in for the week before the start date keeping the experience fresh in your child’s mind, the room leader will fill in a report each step of the way which will help us and yourselves to track your child’s settling in and plan future support and development.

Session 3

The third settling in session will be a twohour visit. This visit can be in the morning or afternoon. It could be mid-morning enabling your child to experience having snack and lunch with us, or you may wish to choose mid-afternoon enabling your child to have snack and afternoon tea and maybe a nap!  

We advise settling in sessions to take place with a morning and afternoon session as this enables your child to experience all of the activities and mealtimes that go on throughout the day.

These sessions are free and flexible to suit. Usually booked in for the week before the start date keeping the experience fresh in your child’s mind, your key person will fill in a report each step of the way which will help us and yourselves to track your child’s settling in and plan future support and development.

Strong relationships – Your Key Person

Our experience has shown that having a Key Person for your child is the most effective way of ensuring that children develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the nursery, giving every child the reassurance to feel secure, familiar, and confident in the nursery environment.

At Charlton your child’s Key person will:

  • Be assigned to your child on their first settling-in session, getting to know the child and family well in order to form strong relationships to support emotional needs.
  • Be with your child at every settling-in session in order to make the handover as smooth as possible, providing essential consistency for you and your child.
  • Ensure they have all of the information about your child and share this with other staff so that your child’s individual needs are cared for throughout each and every day.
  • Carry out assessments and plan for your child’s development, ensuring they are always challenged and supported to reach their full potential.
  • Prepare a report every 6 weeks to ensure you are kept up to date with all of the information about your child and their development.

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