Settling in pre-school

We want your child to feel safe, secure and happy in the absence of their parents, and to recognise other adults as a source of authority, help and friendship.  We also hope the children will share their pre-school experiences with their parents afterwards.

In order to accomplish this we will;

Welcome parents with their children for a visit before the child starts at Pals. You will be welcome to stay all morning to see how a morning evolves.  During the child’s first week at pre-school the parent/carer is invited to stay with the child if necessary, although in practice we often find the child settles more quickly if you leave them – if only for a short time. We will encourage parents where necessary to build up the length of time that their child is left. If your child has a particular toy or comforter that they find reassuring, then we are very happy for them to bring this along with them to the sessions to increase their security.

Work closely with parents and carers, sharing information about your child.

Introduce flexible admission procedures, if appropriate, to meet the needs of individual families and children.

Make clear to families from the outset that they will be supported in our pre-school for as long as it takes to settle their child here.

Reassure parents whose children seem to be taking a long time to settle.

We are aware that children cannot play or learn successfully if they are anxious and unhappy.  We therefore aim to help both parents and children to feel comfortable in our pre-school, to benefit from what we have to offer, and for the children to feel confident that their parents will return at the end of the session.