White Tree Preschool

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White Tree Preschool, Westbury Park Methodist Church, 4 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7QB

Tel: 07804 269289

Email: whitetree_preschool@yahoo.co.uk

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'Learning Together and Having Fun'

Settling

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Children must feel happy and secure without their parents, before they can play and learn successfully. They need to be confident that their parents or carers will return at the end of the session.

 

In order to achieve this, our policy is:

 

  • For prospective parents and children to visit in the term before starting. We can also arrange a home visit if you like.

  • To recognise that parents know their child best and to work with them to make the child feel welcome and secure.

  • To encourage parents to separate from their child for brief periods at first, which can be built up to longer absences until the child is ready to be left for a whole session.

  • To recognise that at some stage the child may need to be left even though distressed. In such cases, the child will be given the continual support of one member of staff.

  • If the child continues to be unduly distressed and is unable to settle, then the parent will be contacted and asked to return.

  • That if a child is upset when left, parents are welcome to telephone the Preschool at any time to enquire about him or her (07804 269289).

  • That children be allowed to bring in items of comfort. We do, however, encourage that they be left in bags or boxes to give reassurance, but to discourage dependence.

  • To give each child adequate time and support to settle into the setting. Parents’ worries and concerns will be taken seriously.

  • To give reassurance to parents who are anxious about their child and information about their child’s activities and welfare during the session.

  • To recommend that parents/ carers of children who are new to the group return early so the child does not become distressed if other children are collected and they are left waiting.

  • To recognise that children develop at different rates and parents should not be discouraged if their child does not settle in as quickly as another.