Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Settling into pre-school

As each child and their parents/carers have different needs and you know these best of all, we do not have a rigid settling in programme. Staff will discuss and agree these arrangements with you individually. You are welcome to stay for as long and as often as you like, until your child feels settled, and indeed we welcome you at any time during your child’s stay with us. All staff and in particular your child’s ‘Key Person’ will endeavour to help you and your child feel at home and staff are always available should you have any questions or concerns.

A key person’s main duties will be to assist the child to settle into the Pre-school by:

  • Introducing the parents/carers to the Pre-school
  • Talking with parents/carers
  • Keeping a special watchful eye on the child in the first few sessions
  • Assisting the child to integrate and settle well into the Pre-school environment
  • To provide for the emotional needs of the child e.g. to comfort and reassure the child at any time.
  • To care for the child’s physical needs e.g. to assist with toileting or snack time as appropriate.
  • To identify the child’s needs and incorporate them within the curriculum, ensuring that account is taken of race, culture, religion, language and family values.
  • Observing, keeping records and monitoring the child’s progress.
  • Liaising with parents/carers, encouraging them to contribute expertise.
  • To develop a day-to-day rapport with parents/carers, informing them of their child’s activities and achievements and being available, at the beginning and end of each session to answer any questions or concerns.
  • To contribute information about individual children to the planning of the Pre-school curriculum framework whilst respecting confidentiality as necessary.
  • To liaise in conjunction with parents/carers and with statutory/professional personnel as necessary

How do I find out what my child does at Pre-school?

We have an online secure journal system called tapestry which you will have a login and password, this will be where you can see your children's observations and pictures. This will be similar to a diary of their own experiences and learning achievements which will follow the children through to the end of their Reception Year at school. You are also welcome to stay at any session as this not only gives you more of an idea of what we do, but also because you are your child’s most important educator and as such staff value your interest and support. Children are welcome to bring in items from home that interest them or maybe a toy that makes them feel happy and settled these will then going in to the box so it can’t be lost. We will also inform you of things we may like you to contribute to (usually relate to topics we are doing or the children’s individual interests) via a newsletter, personally, current notices and any other information relevant to all parents/carers.

We also have notice boards situated inside the main entrance hall and this has copies of the Pre-school’s registration, insurance, Ofsted reports, policies, staff photographs and their roles in the Pre-school, key person board and lots of other information. We also have magazines, literature and leaflets on a variety of subjects for you to use.

Above all, please feel free to ask any questions about what we do each day and the wide range of activities we provide for all the children. You can speak to a member of staff at any time and not just your child’s key person. If you need to speak to a member of staff not free at this time, then just ask one of the other staff members to let them know you wish to speak to them, and they will get back to you as soon as they can.