Ofsted Ref: 223217
Address: 147-149 Hermitage Road, Whitwick, Coalville,
Leicestershire. LE67 5EL
Tel: (01530) 814477/01530 569532
Email: [email protected]
The following information is to support you and your child during the settling period. Our aim is for you and
your child to feel both secure and confident in the care that we can provide.
Every child is a unique individual with their own characteristics and temperament, and we will all benefit
greatly from sharing information to provide a full picture of the child.
Having this information will support our early relationships and will strongly influence how your child will
develop, as having close relationships with carers is very important.
Please find enclosed:
1) Settling in with your child information
2) All about me sheet to complete about your child
3) All about me sheet completed by your child's key person
4) Individual Information (Under 3 and Over 3)
5) Safe Sleeping Policy
6) Individual Room Information
7) Information on the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS)
8) Parents’ Guide to the EYFS
All About Me Sheet
Your child will be given their own individual Learning Journey folder. This will be developed throughout your
child’s time with us and is a personalised record of your child’s unique growth and development. The “All about
me” sheet is the first stage of gathering information about your child - what do they like to do; what are their
favourite songs, books, activities; what family members do they regularly see; do you have any pets etc; what
makes them happy; what makes them cross; what worries/frightens them.
In addition, it would be wonderful if you could supply us with a small selection of photographs (say 2 – 6) of
people, places, things that are special to your child. This will then form the beginning of the journey, and your
child will be able to access these which can be comforting for them. We would be grateful if you could bring
the completed sheet and the photographs to your first settling session.
Similarly, enclosed you will find an 'All about me' sheet completed by your child's key person, for you to share
with you child prior to the settling session.
We look forward to welcoming you to the nursery and should you have any question or queries please do give
me a call.
HERMITAGE DAY NURSERY
Settling in with your child
At our nursery, we put a very strong emphasis on settling-in and ask you allow at least two weeks for your
children to settle in. This does vary from child to child and their proposed attendance.
We want to be sure that your child feels confident about being at nursery and being entrusted to their key
person. We also want you to be confident about the care and services we provide. If, for whatever reason, you
feel that your child is having some problems in settling in, then please talk to your key person, or to the
Nursery Manager immediately.
Starting nursery is an exciting step, but can also be difficult, especially if you are not used to leaving your child
with other people, but we look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure this experience is an
enjoyable one for you and your child. We have evolved our settling procedure to make it as easy and enjoyable
as we possibly can for you and your child.
The settling-in period
The settling in period is the time you spend with your child in the Nursery. It is a time for your child to get to
know his or her key person - with the reassurance of having you there too. As the relationship develops, your
child will be able to trust that:
• the key person and the other staff in the nursery can meet her or his needs
• they can be helpful, comforting and deal positively with any problems
• they can provide interesting experiences which make it enjoyable and worthwhile to come
The settling in process gives you a chance to discover:
• the quality of care we offer;
• how our staff team work together;
• what kinds of experiences we offer to your child entrusted to our care.
Our aim is to settle your child in at their own pace – we have found that in the long run, this means more
settled and happier children – and parents!
The settling in process
1. Information Gathering.
This first stage is for you to gather key information about your child for us as a starting point; this involves
filling in the details on the “Parent Assessment Review (PR)”, the “All About Me” and “Individual Questions”
sheets included within the Pack. Please ask your key person if you require any support with this.
2. Your child spending time in the room with you.
During this time, you are available to support your child and to help staff get to know him or her. It is best if
you are there in a supporting role to comfort your child if necessary. We are aware that both you and your
child may be feeling under pressure, and your child may not be on “best behaviour”. Please don’t worry about
3. Your child spending time in the room whilst you are in another part of the building.
It will be up to you and your key person to decide when your child is ready. This might be for quite a short
period of time at first, and then gradually for longer periods, until your child is happy to be left.
Please note that it is always very important that you say clearly to your child that you will be leaving the
nursery room. It’s tempting to nip out when your child is busy, but if your child turns around a few minutes later
to find you have unexpectedly gone, she or he may be really upset.
4. Finally, it is for you to judge – with the support of the key person – when your child is
ready to be left.
Your child might be very sad or angry at the moment of parting, but if the settling in process has gone well, she
or he will be able to manage this with the support of the key person and other members of staff. If your child
continues to be upset after you have gone, please be reassured that we would contact you immediately and
would not allow your child to become overly upset.
When saying goodbye, some parents find it easiest to set a limit on how long they will stay e.g.: “I’ll read two
books with you and then it will be time for me to go.”
Other parents like to have a special ritual like –
• going to a chair and reading a book
• waving goodbye through the glass doors
• kiss and cuddle or high five.
It is up to you how you manage this, but please do ask for support or advice if you feel it would be helpful.
Please make sure that you always bring your child right into the nursery room and make your key person or
another member of staff aware before you leave.
It is not uncommon for a child to settle very well into the nursery, and then unexpectedly a few weeks later, to
find it difficult to come in. This might be for any one of a variety of reasons, and again we will offer our support
or help if you would like it.
Generally, babies and younger children do settle very well at nursery. The staff are experienced at dealing with
this transitional process, and for most of our parents it’s a greater problem getting their child to leave at the
end of the session/day than bringing them in at the start!
Please remember you are always welcome to phone and ask how your child is getting on at any time of the
day. You will find the relevant telephone numbers at the bottom of the letter accompanying this procedure.
Top 5 tips
1. Give your child plenty of time to get used to nursery – don’t rush things
2. Be available for your child whenever she or he wants you during the settling-in period
3. Talk to your key person and share your ideas about how you think it’s going – remember
that you know your child better than anyone else
4. Try to be as confident as possible in front of your child
5. Don’t worry if your child gets upset or angry – it’s a big step to move from being at home to becoming happy
and confident at nursery.
Things I am particularly good at:
My Family/Special People in my life:
Please could you complete this “All About Me” form with information about your child’s
likes/dislikes, hobbies, important people in their life and anything else you feel we would benefit
from knowing about your child. This information is valuable to us and is a talking point when sharing
your child’s Learning Journey with them. A completed example of this form can be found on the
parents’ notice board.
Place a photo or ask the child to
draw a picture here if you wish
Things I like:
Things I don’t like:
Please could you complete the table below with a typical week for your child, in particular details like
visits to grandparents/friends, swimming or music classes, attendance at other settings or days at
home. This information will be used as a discussion point with your child and will give us a better
understanding of their interests and hobbies out of nursery. Thank you.
Key Person Change
Individual Information (Under 3)
Child’s Name: ………………………. DOB: …………………