At Muddy Puddles nursery we aim to provide you with the best start. We will give you as much information as we can to ensure all your questions are answered. We offer you time to spend at the nursery so you can ascertain the feel to the nursery. We are a new nursery, but we come from one of England’s largest childcare providers in the voluntary sector so be rest assured we can offer experience and provide the perfect environment for your child.
At the first visit to our nursery we would invite you to stay with your child for around 30 minutes to discuss what your child likes/dislikes, their routine and any special items they like to have with them such as a soother. We hope that during these first 30 minutes they can familiarise themselves with the room and people within the room.
During the next settle visit we would ask that you come for one hour with 30 minutes being with you in the room and up to 30 minutes with you out of the room but staying in the nursery or in our onsite café for a free hot drink. Please be rest assured that if we feel your child is becoming too distressed, we will come and get you.
We would at this point discuss the rest of the settles required with the aim of around four with the next two being in the nursery for up to two hours without a parent. These can be tailored to suit the needs of the child so if you feel one or two more are required please let us know so we can factor these in. Our settle in sessions are free of charge.
During your child’s settling in time, should they develop a stronger bond with a different member of staff, then we would look to change their key person as we would rather the bond is one of natural choosing. The key person is primarily responsible for building a relationship with you as a parent, gathering information about your child and their home life through the course of the settling sessions, and from then on careful planning and the regular completion of a development profile.
The settling in period will be on a case by case basis, as we want to ensure you child is as settled as possible before they start nursery. The decision on how many settling in sessions will be required will be a collaborative one between the key person and parent/guardian of the child.