Transition & Settling In

It is the intention of Pippins Preschool to provide a safe, secure and caring environment. Children and their families will be treated individually when planning admission to preschool.

We understand that starting preschool can be an unsettling time for both parents and children and should not be rushed. Therefore, we do not have a specific procedure to follow, as each child’s needs are treated individually.

Some children may settle straight away and can be left almost immediately, especially if they have experienced their siblings attending an Early Years setting or are used to being left without their main carers. Others may take some time to become comfortable.

Open Day

New parents will be invited to attend a summer open day with their children to meet the staff, familiarise themselves with the setting and meet other parents and children. You and your child may also attend any session leading up to starting preschool to help with settling in.

Home Visit

Pippins is pleased to offer new families the opportunity to receive a Home Visit prior to children starting at preschool to help with the transition and settling in period. This will enable us to start building a relationship with you and your child and give us an opportunity to explain the settling in process and daily routine at Pippins. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss any concerns or anxieties you may have, and share any personal information which will help us to meet your child’s needs.

Saying Goodbye at Pippins

When the time comes to say goodbye, it is better to give a positive and cheerful farewell, passing on positive vibes to the child and making them feel secure.

We understand that some children may find it difficult to say goodbye, and that’s perfectly normal. A member of staff will look after them, pick them up if need be, and take them into Pippins and help them settle. We know that this is hard on parents too! We’ll call you to let you know how they’ve settled, and if it looks like they’re just not going to settle, we will call and ask you to come and collect your child. If needed, we can work with you to implement strategies to help your child settle. Pippins staff are very experienced in supporting children to settle into a new environment.

This is a process that all children will experience at some point and, as each child’s needs are different, we will adapt our strategies to meet their individual needs. We have allocated extra staff for this time, so that children can get the support they need. We are ready to provide support for children if they need extra help, and we’ll of course keep you informed.

The full transition & settling in policy wording can be viewed below.

Transition & Settling In Policy