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Settling in to Nursery

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Starting at nursery, or moving to a new class, can be a daunting time for your little ones, follow our advice to make the transition easier.  Nursery represents a whole new and unfamiliar enironment for your babies and toddlers - there are a lot of new faces both of staff and other children, and you are in new surroundings.  The other children are too young to offer pastoral support as older children might offer to welcome a new child to school, so you really are reliant on your little ones gaining familiarity and confidence through you and the staff.

Before you start at the nursery, you need to make several trips there, with your children, so that you are confident with the buildings and with the staff who will look after your little ones.  This will also grow familiarity in your babies, and if you are relaxed in this environment, your children will take their cue and this help help them relax into it.

As time to start properly approaches, start leaving your child, initially just for half an hour or an hour, and stay somewhere nearby but out of sight, so that staff can call on you if there are any problems.  Steadily increase the amount of time that you leave your toddler for, and work up towards a whole morning away from them.  Eventually they'll be able to go through the whole session, whether it is a half or whole day, without any problem.

Outside of settling at nursery you can also prepare them for the experience at home.  Their clothes and, bags and other items that will go backwards and forwards to nursey will all need name tags; undertake naming with them and explain that they'll be taking these clothes and items with them to nursery.  During meal times talk about the food that they'll eat at nursery, and who will be there to help them with their eating.  Tell them that they'll have lots of different toys to play with, and that they will get to play outside in the nursery playground or garden.

Talking generally about nursery will help to bolster their whole experience, settle them more quickly, and grow familiarity with the environment and routine.  Even if your baby is too young to talk to you, it's very likely that they will pick up signals from you and gain an understanding of what is likely to be their first independence from you.


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