How Do We Start Settling In?
To help your child feel less apprehensive about being left in the nursery, your child’s keyworker will arrange a 'settling-in period' with you, a week or two before your child's first proper day. Settling in is flexible and is agreed between the parent and your child's Keyworker.
This experience prepares your child for the first occasion you leave them at nursery, ensuring a less fraught time for you both! Children who are settled into the Nursery will be happier and more secure. However, this is not to be mistaken as a trial period it is purely to ensure your child's smooth introduction to nursery.
The period of time set aside for settling is two weeks. This has proved to be ample time to integrate a child into the nursery.
Initially visits should be short (approx.1 hour), with the parents staying all the time. During this initial settling hour your child's keyworker will ask you to fill in a short information sheet about your child. On subsequent visits, parents will leave for short periods, building up to a full session. All children are different and settling times are dependent on the child. It is vital that if settling is to work and your child to benefit from these sessions that when settling start and finish times are arranged that you work within them.
Can my child bring in a toy?
There is an abundance of new and exciting equipment in the nursery so there is no need to bring in toys from home. The nursery can not be held responsible for such items being broken or lost. There are times when nursery topics may require items to be brought in from home. This will be on a pre-arranged basis and all items will be returned at the end of the session or topic.
However, if your child needs some sort of comforter such as a teddy or blanket please feel free to bring it in to nursery.
What should parents bring?
Only if required, enough nappies baby wipes or cotton wool & nappy cream for each day.
Only if required, brand of milk you use at home for those children not on Pasteurised Full Fat Whole Milk.
A spare set of clothes in a labelled bag.
In winter a warm coat, hats and gloves and wellington boots.
In addition during the summer months please provide your child with sun cream and a sun hat. Please ensure that these are clearly labelled and the nursery’s form for application of sun protection is returned to a member of staff.
What is your accident policy?
Staff are trained in first aid and all accidents should be written in the accident book. The accident record book is in duplicate so that the top copy can be given to the parents whenever a child has any injury whilst in the care of the nursery. Parents will be asked to sign entries made about their child. If your child has bruises or marks when they come to nursery, please inform a member of staff so that they are aware that it happened outside the nursery.
Do you go on outings?
Whenever staffing allows, we take children on outings to the park and duck pond. Adult to child ratios remain the same as in nursery, but are usually increased on these trips. These trips help to support topics and projects done in the nursery about the world around us. Trips further afield may be arranged for which additional payment and consent may be required. However these will be optional.
What other activities do you do?
At Abbeyfields Day Nursery we love to explore messy play. In our messy room we offer a wide variety of activities such as painting and arts and crafts. The daily use of natural materials including sand and water help to support children’s development of physical, social, intellectual and emotional skills. There is constant access to drawing materials such as pens, pencils, chalks and crayons along with stencils, paper, scissors and glue that the children can self-select as they wish.
We have a purpose built building at the rear of our garden that is full of climbing equipment, large games and other outdoor toys. We use this room when the weather is too miserable to be outside giving the children a chance to let off steam without being exposed to the elements.
We have a safe and secure garden where children can explore and learn in our plant area, get messy in our mud kitchen, be creative at our chalk board and their imagination flow in our treehouse. We also have bikes, cars, balls and throwing games for the more physical side to the garden. We encourage children to join in action games in the garden; this gets the children to explore their listening and motor skills.