At Little Wellies we entirely understand that leaving your child at a childcare setting for the first time can be a daunting experience. We will work very closely with you during this time and do everything we possibly can to make it a positive experience for all. From the moment you visit nursery for the first time you and your child will be welcomed by a senior member of staff (usually the Manager) and will be introduced to all other staff during a full tour of the setting. Your child will have a chance to spend some time in the appropriate room with you and you can see how they settle and react to the environment.
If you decide to go ahead with a place for your child we will arrange a home visit, if you would like one. This a perfect opportunity for your child to get used to the staff who will be caring for him/her in their own, familiar environment, and for us to talk to you about your child in detail.
After this, we will arrange several “settling in” visits, which will begin with a “stay and play” session with you and your child. We will ask you to complete an “All About Me” booklet so that we can capture in-depth information about your child. At this stage, we can talk through your child’s needs and routine, along with any special medical or dietary requirements that we should be aware of. We will build up the settling in sessions so that you are in a position to leave your child with us for a full session. We can arrange phone calls or you can ring us whenever you like to check on them. Once your child begins their place, we will continue to keep you regularly updated and you can see, for yourself, what they are up to via our closed social media groups.
At the end of each session you will receive a thorough handover on your child’s day. This will include the food they have eaten, whether they have slept (and how long for), their general health and well-being and the play and learning experiences that they have taken part in.