In the run up

Although you may view your child’s first day at nursery as a daunting experience, please be assured our nursery staff are experienced at helping you and your child settle in.

We will contact you to arrange a few short visits to the nursery. These visits will enable you both to establish a positive relationship with the nursery team.

During your settling in session you will meet your child’s teacher. This is the individual who will guide you through the settling in process, they will also be responsible for your child’s development and welfare and your main point of contact at the nursery.

In the weeks prior to the ‘big day’ talk to them about the new experience they are about to embark on, mentioning all the new and exciting things they will be doing. Even babies will pick up on the positive messages you give about this transition.

We will ensure there is a two-way relationship between you and the nursery. We request that you provide us with details of your child’s requirements and preference prior to their first visit. This means that their teacher will then be equipped with the knowledge to ensure they can welcome and settle your child into nursery life with all the information you have offered. No question is ever a silly question and we encourage families to take an active role in nursery life.

Dovecote operates an open door policy and should you wish to come and spend some time in the nursery with your little one you are always welcome.

Read books about ‘the first day’ with your child to prepare them for the experience. ‘My First Day at Nursery’ by Becky Edwards and Anthony Flintoff and ‘Maisy Goes to Playschool’ are two that we recommend.

If this is the first time your child is going to be separated from you, you could help them prepare by spending short periods of time apart in the run up to their first day.

On the day

We will spend quality time getting to know your child on their first day, providing relaxed opportunities for them to choose what they play with, observing what makes them tick, their personality, likes and dislikes. This information is invaluable to your teacher and informs them what experiences, activities, opportunities and/or games to plan for your child.

Try not to be too anxious about leaving your child if he or she is crying. Our staff are experienced in dealing with these situations and have strategies to help them. We are always happy to arrange extra settling-in sessions if either you or we feel they would be beneficial. With a smile clearly explain that you will see them later. Aim not to prolong the goodbye, as hard as this may be, trust us, it is better for your child. They can then focus on their day.