A child who is
tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so
it is important for parents and pre-school staff to work
together to help the child to feel confident and secure in the
group. This takes longer for some children than for others and
parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to
settle. The Nursery’s policy on settling is opposite (Settling
In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds
of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send children
dressed in clothes, which are easily washable or not too new.
Footwear should allow children to participate fully in all
physical activities, i.e. trainers.
It is good for children to practice the skills, which will make
them independent. Simple clothing which they can handle
themselves will enable them to go to the toilet when they want
to and to put on and take off their outdoor clothes without
being too dependent on other people’s help. We hope that your
child’s time in Nursery will be a very happy and productive one.
If you have any queries or if we can be of any help, please
contact the staff at any time.
We want children to
feel safe and happy in the absence of their parents, to
recognise other adults as a source of authority, help and
friendship and to be able to share with their parents afterwards
the new learning experiences enjoyed in the Nursery. We also
want parents to feel informed and relaxed from the beginning. Children
cannot play or learn successfully if they are anxious and
unhappy. Our settling procedures aim to help parents and
children to feel comfortable in the Nursery, and to ensure that
children can benefit from what the group has to offer and feel
confident that their parents will return at the end of the
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