Tips' for Settling your child into Nursery
This can be an exciting yet difficult time for both parent
and child. Your child may experience mixed emotions and appear happy to
go to Nursery, but suddenly become overwhelmed by the thought of being
separated from you. Undoubtedly, when your child is upset, you maybe
too, so it's essential to try and overcome and prevent any emotionally
Preparing your child for Nursery is key
to ensuring they settle well and that you, as a parent, are happy.
The Starting School Picture Book
is a great story and resource to introduce pre-school and nursery
routines to your child.
By following these simple tipsyou can overcome the potential
difficulties of your child's first day at Nursery.
Choose the Nursery carefully- visit before hand and request a tour
of the school. Remember, once your child
starts Nursery they usually stay in this school for the remainder of
their primary education. It's an important decision, so visit a few
local primary schools and make sure youre happy you've made the
your invited on a visit to the Nursery with your child - make sure
you set aside the time to attend- as this is an invaluable
experience, that shouldn't be missed. During
the visit encourage your child to explore the Nursery setting and
mix with other children. Make sure they are introduced to and know
who their teacher is and how they can ask for help if needed. Take
the time to show your child the bathroom and the main areas of the
Nursery such as where to put their coat and wellingtons. Sometimes you may be invited to visit for a full session or
it maybe you are invited for part of a morning or afternoon.
Take photos of the Nursery environment, as this will help prepare
your child and encourage them to
discuss and become more familiar with the Nursery setting. Involve
your child in taking photos by using a Kidizoom Twist Digital Camera.
Children often find it hard to return to Nursery during the first
year, following half term breaks, Christmas and Easter periods, so
it could be that you use these photos throughout the year. Discuss
with your child the special things about Nursery and why its
important. NB- Ensure when you take photos in the Nursery
setting you seek permission, and photos do not contain images of any
children, other than your own.
Request an additional visit to the Nursery with your child. This is
helpful if your child was overanxious or was too upset to take in
much during their first visit. If your
child spent their first visit nervously by your side, it may be
beneficial if they visited again with the hope of them getting to
know the Nursery staff and meet some of their peers. Explain your
concerns to the staff, as more often than not, they will be pleased
to accommodate you.
Provide the opportunity for
your child to attend a playgroup before starting Nursery.
Playgroups provide great opportunities for
children to socialise and
have fun with other children their own age. You could also attend local singing and rhyme time groups at your local library. This will support communication skills and early socialization and can be attended very early on- from birth!. They are an invaluable
tool for preparing your child for Nursery school. To find out about activities in your area contact your Local Family Information Service.
Find out as much as you can about the Nursery routines and
can help your child to adapt to these.Many
nurseries have time set aside for a healthy snack such as fruit or
milk, so you may want to start to introduce this into your childs
daily routine at home (if you havent already done so). Perhaps the Nursery
has an outdoor play area with tricycles, you could prepare your
child by helping them to learn to ride a tricycle at home, so this
is a familiar skill when they start Nursery, see our page on
teaching your child to Ride a Bike for advice.
By helping your child with what may seem like small things to you and I,
you can make an enormous difference to how they settle into Nursery.
Provide your child with opportunities to stay with family and
friends for short amounts of time, so they get used to being left
with other caring and trustworthy adults.If
your chid is used to occasionally being left with other adults then
they will undoubtedly find it easier to start Nursery and cope with
the separation from you.
Explain to your child that their teacher and the staff in the Nursery
are there to look after them, and help them.
Make sure your child understands as much as possible about the
reasons why you are sending them to Nursery.
Provide your child with opportunities to mix with other children
outside of Nursery;this could include one
or two children from the Nursery class, as this will undoubtedly make
developing friendships a lot easier.
Collect your child on time and avoid being late at all costs. There is nothing more frustrating
for a child than waiting and being unsure as to whether they are
being collected from nursery, especially when they initially start.
Being late can completely undermine your
childs trust in you, and could make bringing your child to Nursery
the following morning a trying experience.
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