Starting Nursery is an important milestone in your little one’s life and as such it is essential to find an Early Years setting that feels right for you and your little one. We appreciate it’s a big step for you both so below you will find a set of general hints and tips about those first few days that will hopefully go some way to ease any concerns you might have.
Further information about each of nursery schools can be found on these pages:
Tips for Preparing for Nursery
- Start talking about the experience early on with enthusiasm, this is an exciting time!
- Spend some time apart. Recruit family and friends to look after your little one for a few hours at a time in the months before you plan on starting nursery. This will help towards reducing any separation anxiety that might occur.
- If you are able to, why not attend one of our Toddler Group sessions? These take place weekly at our Prep-Schools during term time and are ran by our nursery and pre-prep staff. Our Toddler Groups will allow your child to become familiar with our nursery settings and staff.
- When you accept a place at either of our nurseries you will be invited to book a number of taster sessions. Parents are welcome to accompany their child to settle them in on these sessions.
- Children are very perceptive and will pick up on your emotions. If you are likely to get anxious on those first few drop offs see if someone else can drop off or accompany you to reduce your anxiety. Failing that the frozen soundtrack in the car could help to distract you both!
- Each child is different and we are happy to follow your lead when it comes to potty training. Just have a quiet word with us when you start.
- Whatever stage your child is at we will support them and help them develop the essential skills they will need day to day in nursery.
Settling into Nursery
When the time comes for your little one to embark on their first day at Nursery, you will both be familiar with the setting and staff members however we appreciate it may still feel a little daunting. Below are a few tips that might help:
- Time – we appreciate it’s not always possible but allowing yourself plenty of time can make those first few drop-offs slightly less stressful.
- Young children are very intuitive and will pick up on any emotions! Try and be brave, whether you feel it or not.
- A familiar member of staff will greet you warmly on arrival and help to get your little one settled. At this stage it might be tempting to sneak off but from our experience it might be better to wait until your child is settled and then wave goodbye confidently.
- All of our members of staff have a wealth of experience working in Early Years settings, many are parents themselves, as such they are accustomed to the challenges of settling into nursery.
- Make your child’s key worker aware of anything that is important in your child’s life. If they have a favourite teddy, a dislike of water or require anything in particular for naps.
Our King’s Worcester Nurseries aim to provide children with the strongest possible foundations for their education journey. If you would like any further information please give us a call, we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have: