When the time comes to start nursery, we will arrange visits to enable your child to become familiar with the staff and the environment before they stay for their first session.
We value our parents and families as the children’s first educators and understand that leaving your child at nursery for the first time can be a difficult transition both for them and for you. While you will be given a start date once offered a space, if your child needs further settling visits this is something we will be happy to arrange with you.
Key Person Relationships
We understand that positive and trusting relationships play a massive role in helping a child to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. The Pod nursery operates a key person system. Your child will be assigned a key person before they start for the purpose of home visits and settling in, but we are happy to be led by the child and this will change if they do not bond with that staff member. Each key person also has a buddy group that they work closely with, ensuring that when staff absence occurs a familiar face is always around.
The key person becomes a secure base from which the child will explore the wider surroundings as they grow in confidence. Usually by the time children leave nursery they are happy to spend time with any of the adults in the setting, but the key person remains special to them throughout their time at school.
What your child will need to bring
- A small bag/back pack (no drawstring bags please) containing one complete change of clothes (more if toilet training!) and enough nappies and wipes for the session if applicable.
- Wellington boots and indoor shoes/slippers (they may leave slippers here and wear boots to and from school). Boots are needed in all weathers for water and mud play.
- A warm, waterproof coat.
- Sun-cream/hat in hot weather/warm layers on cold days
All labelled with your child’s name please.