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Settling In

Settling In

Long Crendon Pre-School operates a flexible approach to children settling in. We will make joint decisions about when your child is ready to leave you comfortably.

Their First Day

On their first day, you will be asked to complete an informal questionnaire about your child. This is called an Entry Profile and forms part of the settling-in procedure. A child as young as two may not have the necessary language to tell the staff about his/her needs, so it is especially useful to have some background information. The session leader or your child’s appointed Keyperson, will discuss the profile with you, if you prefer, especially noting any concerns such as allergies, special needs, etc.

Saying Goodbye

Provided that you and your child have previously visited the Pre-School, smile and reassure your child that you are coming back later, hand him/her over to a member of staff, wave goodbye and walk away. There is no need to stay if your child settles at an activity with a member of staff. You are welcome to phone and speak to a member of staff later, if you are worried. We have prepared a leaflet to help with Settling In (pdf, 133kb).

First Month

During the first month, your child’s settling in progress is recorded in a booklet entitled “My First Month at Pre-School”. This booklet forms the starting point for your child in Pre-School. Future development and progress is measured against this. On completion, you will be invited to talk to your Keyperson about your child and how you feel the settling-in process has worked for you.

Each day your Keyperson will share informally with you information about your child’s time within the setting. With your permission the Keyperson creates an online photo diary featuring your child’s activities and interests, noting next steps for learning. This forms a Learning Journey, if you do not give permission we can arrange for this to be completed as a paper version.

Each Half Term

Each half term following, your child’s Keyperson makes plans for activities that will interest, stimulate and promote your child’s learning. These are incorporated into the activity plans which are developed half-termly by the staff as a team.  On the planning board in the entrance lobby you will find photos and information about the general learning that has taken place in the Pre-School during the previous week. We hope that you will share with us some of the interesting things your child does at home. You are also warmly invited to add your ideas to the planning board.

Twice a year, in July and December, we hold informal Parent’s Evenings where you are invited to meet with the staff and speak to your Keyperson about your child. If you would like to speak confidentially to your Keyperson about your child or any aspect of the Pre-School, please make an appointment with your Keyperson at a mutually convenient time.

Knowing how your child is progressing on a regular basis and being able to support this gives you an active role in your child’s education and welfare, forming a positive beginning to the education system.


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