Settling In

Your child is of the utmost importance to us and we want to give them the best start in life. We work only with the most experienced professionals and only with trained Childcare and Forest Schools practitioners.

We are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for your child to learn and develop freely and with confidence.

Staff

Our club is always staffed by our manager Pauline Cheeseman, deputy manager Mairead Cheeseman, and an additional play worker. We aim to provide a smooth transition between school and club.

All of our staff have significant experience of working with children and undertake professional development training. All staff members are DBS checked. We maintain a staff/child ratio of 1:8 for children under the age of eight, in line with statutory requirements.

Food

The food we provide at the Club is not intended as a substitute for a main evening meal. We provide healthy snacks, including fresh fruit and vegetables.

We promote independence, by encouraging the children to prepare their own snacks, and to clear away after themselves. We use fresh ingredients and follow statutory guidelines. Fresh drinking water is available at all times. We meet individual dietary requirements and parental preferences wherever possible. We recognise the importance of healthy nutrition for children delivered in a calm, friendly setting, but request that food be consumed whilst sitting at the snack table.

Settling In

We want the transition from home to pre-school to be as calm and happy time for you and your child.

Every change will naturally have a period of adjustment, so it is entirely natural for you as the parent to feel a little worried about leaving your child with us at first. They will also be feeling a little unsure to begin with too, however if you are confident and calm, they will slowly accept the change. Sometimes separation can be upsetting for you both and we ask you to be patient. We will work with you and your child at your natural pace to make sure their settling in period is as seamless as possible.

You and your child will be invited for a “stay and play” session to acclimatise both yourself and your child to the new surroundings. Once your child is settled, you will be asked to leave for a short period of time to see if your child is happy to be left with the teachers. As your child becomes more confident, the session will gradually be extended to a full half session in the morning and progressing from there according to your needs.

As your child builds a rapport with their teachers, we will ask you to stay in the vicinity for the first few sessions so that you can return if needed. We will contact you immediately if there should be a problem or if we believe your child needs to return home.

Top Tip

Each child is unique and has a different comfort level. Therefore we sometimes suggest that if a child is particularly unsure of taking this step, that they bring a favourite toy or photograph of home to the pre-school, then take a picture of their Key Teacher to take home with them. This can help them to link the comforts and security of home with the pre-school and will help them to feel secure in their new environment.