West Finchley Preschool and Nursery

Settling your child into nursery

How to Settle your Child into Nursery

They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and this is certainly the case when you have little ones. Before you know it, they’re finding their feet in the world, developing their own personality, and beginning to gain their own independence.

And of course, the time will come when they’re ready to start nursery – an experience that will allow your little ones to develop their skills further, meet new friends and learn to stand on their own two feet, away from their parents for the first time.

Here at Finchley Preschool, we understand that this can be a daunting prospect for many parents and families, especially if this is the first time that you will be spending time away from your child. After all, you will not only have to get used to a new routine, but your little ones will also have to adjust to life in a nursery environment with lots of other children.

The good news is that, firstly, you’re not alone. Thousands of parents find themselves in exactly the same position when the time comes for their children to start nursery. However, there are lots of things that you can do to prepare your little one for nursery, so they can enjoy a stress free experience at Finchley preschool.

We’ve created a helpful guide outlining how you can settle your little one into nursery…

Remain positive

If you are stressed and worried, this will instantly rub off on your little ones. Instead, you should remain positive about this new stage of your child’s development and growth. Have positive conversations with your child, talk about all the lovely things they will do and all the new friends that they will meet.

Dealing with separation anxiety

Separation anxiety can be traumatic for both the child and the parent! With this in mind, prior to your little one starting nursery, you should help your child to become accustomed to spending time without you. Many parents do this by asking a family member or a trusted friend to take care of their child for short periods of time, without them being there.

Comfort and support

It’s not unusual for children to cry and get upset when it comes to adjusting to nursery life! This is completely natural and the tears are soon forgotten when they settle down but at the same time, don’t be afraid to comfort your little one. Hug them and explain to them in a calm manner that you will see them in a little while and to enjoy their day.

Reflect on your day

When your child arrives home from nursery, you should always reflect on your day today. Talk about the highs and the lows, so that you can nip any problems in the bud early by letting the nursery staff know if there are any concerns.

Here at Finchley Preschool, we always work closely with all parents to ensure that every child is able to adjust to nursery life, as quickly as possible.

Here’s how we help to enhance the transition and settling in process.

• The first session – your child’s mentor (key person) will visit you at home to play with your child and get to know them and you. This allows both parents and children to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings. It also gives parents the opportunity to ask us any questions

• The first visit to nursery-. We will also invite, you and your child to spend one hour together in the nursery, getting to know our team and introducing your little one to the activities they will be able to enjoy.

• Every child will have their own mentor here at Finchley PreSchool, and as part of the settling in process, you will be asked to spend some time alone with your child and their mentor. Your little one will then be left with the mentor to see how they play and respond to them without you being there.

• Over the next two visits, your child will spend longer periods of time in the room with their mentor, getting used to meal times and their new routine. You can watch this unfold using our CCTV for further peace of mind.

After this, the vast majority of children are good to go and ready to settle into nursery life at Finchley PreSchool.

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