We want your child to feel safe and happy in your absence as this greatly improves your child’s playtime and learning skills. Our settling in procedure aims to help you and your child feel comfortable and happy at Noak Bridge Pre-school in the following ways
- By encouraging parents/carers to visit Noak Bridge Pre-school with their children during the weeks before their start date.
- By ensuring that parents/carers are given plenty of information about all aspects of the Pre-shool before their child starts.
- By making clear to families from the outset that they will be welcome and supported for as long as it takes to settle their child and subsequently during the child’s time at the preschool.
- By working with parents/carers to find a suitable way of gently easing their child into life at Noak Bridge Pre-school; for example, this might mean parents separating from their children for brief periods at first, gradually building up to longer periods.
- By establishing daily routines in the Pre-school; routines play a central role in children’s lives and it is through repetition and expectation of what will happen next that they increase in confidence. Children need to have security, as this will help them settle in and make friends.
- By stressing to parents/carers that they are welcome to visit to check on their child at any time. Our ultimate aim is to work in partnership with each parent/carer to ensure that they and their child settles happily into Noak Bridge Pre-school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. It is a framework setting the standards for learning, development and care for children during this period. Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders must follow the legal document called the EYFS Framework which can be downloaded below. You can ask for information about your child’s development at any time and there are two stages (the “progress check” at age 2, and again at age 5) when the professionals caring for your child must give you written information about how he or she is doing. The written summary of their progress at age 5 is called the EYFS Profile.