Settling In

We want children to feel safe and stimulated in the absence of their parents, and feel secure and comfortable with the pre-school staff. To recognise other adults as a source of authority, help and friendship and to be able to share with their parents afterwards, the new learning experiences enjoyed in the pre-school.

We also want parents to have confidence in both their children’s well- being and their role as active partners in the setting.We want children to feel safe and stimulated in the absence of their parents, and feel secure and comfortable with the pre-school staff. To recognise other adults as a source of authority, help and friendship and to be able to share with their parents afterwards, the new learning experiences enjoyed in the pre-school. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children’s well- being and their role as active partners in the setting.

In order to accomplish this, we will:

  1. Encourage parents to visit the pre-school with their children during the weeks before an admission is planned.
  2. Introduce flexible admission procedures, if appropriate, to meet the needs of individual families and children.
  3. Make clear from the outset that they will be supported in the pre-school for as long as it takes to settle their child.
  4. Reassure parents whose children seem to be taking a long time to settle into the pre-school.
  5. Introduce new families into the group on a staggered basis, for example 2 new children a day for a week rather than 10 new children at once.
  6. Encourage parents, where appropriate, to separate from their children for brief periods at first, gradually building up to longer absences.
  7. When parents leave, we ask them to say good bye to their child and explain that they will be coming back and when.
  8. We allocate a key person to each child and his/her family before she/he starts to attend; the key person welcomes and looks after the child and his/her parents at the child’s first session and during the settling-in process
  9. The key person works with the parents to deliver a personalised plan for the child’s well- being, care and learning.10. The key person is responsible for the development records and for sharing information with the child’s parents.

Children cannot play or learn successfully if they are anxious or unhappy. Our settling in procedures aim to help parents to help their children to feel comfortable in the pre-school, to benefit from what it has to offer, and to be confident that their parents will return at the end of the session. 


Policy adopted at the management committee meeting 23.4.2014