In Early Years Cubs we consider the settling in period to be an extremely important time for you and your child. Therefore in order to offer every child the best possible start, we take the time necessary to encourage new attachments between your child and their new school and teacher.
We want all children to have time to form a relationship with their teacher and learning assistants before they are left at nursery without family members. To this end ‘settling in’ happens gradually over a period of one or two weeks, depending on the child’s age and the family’s circumstances. During this time your child’s teacher works very closely with you to slowly extend the time the child spends at nursery without a parent or carer.
Please see below a settling schedule which is a guide and can be adapted daily depending on how well your child is settling. At the end of each session you will be able to discuss with the teacher the plan for the following day. For younger children this schedule can be extended with lunch and sleep routines introduced during the second week.
- Day 1 - Child and Parent/carer visit the nursery 1 ½ hours. Both carer and child stay and play in the nursery (Day 1 can be repeated if parent requests)
- Day 2 – Child and parent/carer visit the nursery 1 ½ hours, they both stay and play for `1 hour and then parent leaves for the last ½ hour, on returning takes child home
- Day 3 – Child and parent visit nursery for 2 hours, parent stays for ½ hour then leaves returning at 11:00 to collect child.
- Day 4 - Parent/carer drops child to nursery at 8:25, after child is settled at an activity parent leaves and returns at 12:15 (child stays for lunch)
- Day 5 – Parent/carer drops child to nursery at 8:25 and leaves once child is settled, returning at the end of the day to collect (P/T 12:45, F/T 15:30)
Please see below some information that will help you and your child prepare for your first week in Early Years Cubs.
Your child will need:
- A bag - big enough to hold all the equipment that your child needs that they can manage themselves
- A daily healthy snack for your child (the school will also provide a snack)
- A water bottle (labelled with your child’s name)
- If your child is wearing nappies please bring a whole pack to be kept in their cubby (restock as required)
- Two or more changes of clothes to be kept in their cubby – clearly labelled
- Swimming kit including a swimming cap and goggles (for children who are toilet-trained). No armbands or floats necessary.
- Some of our children sleep in the day and school provide a bed and an all-in bottom and top sheet. If you would like your child to have an extra blanket, quilt, pillow or comforters please send them in weekly in a labelled bag.
- We encourage all our children to play outside when we can so it is good to be prepared for wet weather. Please make sure your child has a rainproof coat with a hood and wellington boots to keep them dry whether it is walking to the bus or splashing in puddles.
- Indoor and outdoor shoes need to be comfortable, sturdy and practical - the children should be able to put on and take off their shoes by themselves (no laces)! Closed in shoes or those with straps are also good as they stay on. In Reception the children are expected to wear black shoes as part of the school uniform. Please name all shoes clearly.
We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our supportive Early years Cubs learning environment.