Starting Day Care

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Starting Day Care

When can my child start?
As soon as your child is 3 months old they will be able to attend, subject to available places. If your child is not yet 3 months old you will be able to put their name on our waiting list.

What happens before my child starts?

You will be invited to attend a free taster session with your child; this can vary from half-an-hour to a complete morning or afternoon session depending on parental preference.

During this session you will have the opportunity to meet the Day Care Officer who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You will also have the opportunity to meet your child’s Key Person.

Following the taster session you will be asked to complete a contract. This can be done on the same visit or at a later date convenient to you. We will then arrange a time for your child’s Key Person and another member of Nursery staff to visit you at home.

What happens when my child starts?
Ideally on your child’s first day we would like you to stay for a short time to settle them in, especially if it is their first time being left alone.

What if my child finds it difficult to settle?

Every child is different and we will work with you to find a solution. This may involve your child attending more taster sessions or staying for shorter sessions. It may also be as simple as bringing a comforter from home, e.g. a blanket or favourite toy to keep with them.

What if I need to collect my child early, or start later?

If you need to collect your child earlier than usual please inform your child’s Key Person as it is important we sign them out on our register.

If you know in advance that you are going to be late due to an appointment please inform your child’s key person the day before to help with planning. Please note: if you are frequently late collecting your child an additional fee will be charged.

What if I need someone else to collect my child?
If someone else will be collecting your child please inform your child’s Key Person who will note the person’s name and will ask for proof of identification when they collect your child or for an agreed password.

We will not let children leave with people we do not know. We require children to be collected by a responsible person over the age of sixteen.