Settling In Policy
At Wilstead Pre-School Playgroup in following the Early Years Foundation Stage, we know that every child deserves the best possible start in life, and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s early experiences of the pre-school will have a major impact on their future life chances.
Our settling in procedures will ensure the child feels secure, safe and happy in our environment and enable them to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. They can then share with their families the new learning experiences and play they enjoy at pre-school. We also encourage parents to feel welcome and involved from the beginning with settling their child in to the pre-school.
In order to accomplish this we aim to create a partnership with parents and their children in the following ways:
- Creating opportunities for the exchange of information using resources such as the Health Registration form and All About Me documentation , Policies and Procedures of the setting, and the induction process where parents can verbally communicate their children’s needs. All documentation can be translated into different languages, to ensure all families understand the settings policies and procedures.
- Issuing a copy of the settings prospectus to each family, although all the information is available on this web site.
- Giving each child starting the setting an activity pack which contains things like colouring pictures and pencils. This will be given on the child’s first visit to the setting.
- A booklet which contains pictures of staff and different areas of the setting can be borrowed by parents to take home and use, to get their child used to staff faces and also the environment they will be attending.
- Ensuring there are opportunities for parents to inform the pre-school about their children’s current development and specific activities the child may like to participate in. This can be during the induction process, on a day to day basis with the key person or during our open evenings. This will enable the key person to gain an understanding of the child’s starting points over the six areas of learning contained within the Early Years Foundation Stage (E.Y.F.S.).
- Encouraging parents to visit the pre-school with their child as often as they feel needed, during the weeks before their start date is planned. This will allow the child to become familiar with the new surroundings and staff members.
- A home visit can be organised if it is felt that the child will benefit from this. A member of staff can attend the home to get to know the child further before attending the setting.
- We organise an open day for new parents, usually end June beginning July. This gives families and children the opportunity to visit the setting to play and have a look around.
- Making it clear to families that from the outset they will be supported by staff and the key person for as long as it takes the child to settle.
- Introducing new families and their children into the setting on a staggered basis. This will allow staff to spend the time required with the child and parents, and will help with the child settling.
To enable the children to have a sense of belonging to the setting they will have a named coat peg in the foyer, and also a name card which is used every time they come into the sessions. Each child also has a named draw in which they can put their artwork and other creations into, and parents can find all letters and correspondence.
Our settling procedure will be tailored to each child and families particular needs, and any provision needed will be put into place.