We want children to feel safe and happy in the absence of their parent/carer, 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 within the group.
In order to accomplish this, we will:
· Encourage parents/carers to visit the group with their children during the weeks before an admission is planned.
· If requested by the parent/carer we can arrange for the pre-school/lclub leader or keyworker to visit the family at home, if possible, in order to gain more insight into the child's background and needs and allow the child to become familiar with the groups adults.
· Introduce flexible admission procedures, if appropriate, to meet the needs of individual families and children.
· Make clear to families from the outset that they will be supported in the pre-school for as long as it takes to settle their child there.
· Reassure parents/carers whose child seems to be taking a long time settling into the group.
· Encourage parents, where appropriate, to separate from their children for brief periods at first, gradually building up to longer absences.
Children cannot learn or play successfully if they are anxious and unhappy. Our settling in procedures aim to help parents to help their children to feel comfortable in the Pre-school/club, to benefit from what it has to offer, and to be confident that their parents will return at the end of the session/day.