As your child's start date draws closer, you may experience a mixture of emotions.
We aim to support both your child and you! At Bolton School Nursery we understand that this can be an emotional time for parents and, consequently, we offer a gradual admission process. This means that in the few weeks before your child is due to start nursery we will invite you in for a series of visits.
On your first visit you will have the opportunity to meet all appropriate staff who will look after your child. The visit gives you the opportunity to get to know each individual member of staff and helps us to understand and learn about your needs and wants as a parent.
You will then sit down with either your child's Key Worker or Team Leader and go through your child's starter pack.
This pack consists of:
- All relevant contact details
- Policies and procedures (not all will be in the pack but all policies and procedures are available on request at reception)
- Consent forms
- Payment procedures and all relevant documents
- Child entry records
- And much more!
We will also go through your child's typical day, any dietary requirements and any further information that you wish for us to know to enable us to support you and your child. All this is recorded, and all staff read this information prior to your child starting.
Once we have gone through all the paperwork it is then time for you to have some fun and enjoy a little time in the room with your child. This will help you see what we get up to during the day.
If your child is content, we may ask if you would like to leave them for a little while to see how they are with the other children and without you. This helps the staff to assess and observe how we can support them into gradually getting used to nursery life. As you can imagine, it is a big step for a child and we like to make the transition to nursery life as smooth and enjoyable as we can for both your child and you.
After Your First Visit
Once you have had your first visit, we will arrange a number of visits that will suit your family's needs. These visits will be on a gradual basis, where on the first visit you may attend for 30 minutes to an hour, and then gradually increase to half a day or a full day depending on your child's sessions. By doing this, it will not be so much of a shock when they eventually start nursery and it will make the transition from home life to nursery life that much easier.
For any other information, please do not hesitate to contact us.