Settling-in Policy

Leaving your child at nursery for the first time is stressful but by working together and exchanging information regularly, this difficult time will become a very positive experience for all of us. A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents/carers and staff to work together to help the child feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children and parents/carers should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle. You must be prepared to accept that it may take some time for your child to adjust to the Banana Moon Nursery routine but very few children fail to settle eventually. We find that staying with your child and then leaving him/her for short period’s eases the separation process. Please remember, the more your child comes and experiences the activities on offer and sees you interacting with the staff, the more settled s/he will feel. Our team is highly experienced at helping children settle in and quickly adapt to daily life in Banana Moon Nursery.

To make this process easier we adopt a flexible approach where we recommend that parents spend the first day in class with the children to help familiarize them with the new environment, the teachers and friends. We recommend that the first day to be short – a few hours only, then during the following days the child can stay longer and gradually attend the full day session as registered. If you are working parents you may leave your child, but please make sure that during the settling-in period you are contactable at all times. Some children settle down quickly and some take longer, but please rest assured that our team will take every care, and console and distract your child with lots of hugs and cuddles, but if this fails and the child is still very upset, we will call you.