Settling your child

Noah’s Ark Christian Pre-School aim to ensure your child’s introduction to our setting is as stress free as possible.

We are a small Pre-School so children quickly build relationships with all of our staff. We encourage you and your child to come and have a look around the Pre-School. This will help you to feel comfortable with the staff and the setting. It will also give your child a chance to see other children enjoying the activities. We ask that you fill in a registration pack which includes information about your child’s interests, like and dislikes. This will allow us to get to know a little about your child prior to them starting. Our normal procedure would be for you to stay for a short period until the child becomes familiar with the surroundings, and comfortable with your child’s keyworker, then leave when you feel able to. Parents/carers need not feel obliged to do this and can leave after saying goodbye. To encourage a smooth transition, simple, exciting, stimulating, fun activities will be provided. We will use the information provided by yourself in the registration pack and try to include these activities or resources on that day.
A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents/carers and staff to work together to help the child feel confident and secure in the setting. This takes longer for some children and parents/carers should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle. You must be prepared to accept that it may take some time for your child to adjust to the Pre-School but very few children fail to settle eventually. Please remember, the more your child comes and experiences the activities on offer and sees other children enjoying them, the easier it becomes. You are more than welcome to give us a call during the day to see how your child is getting on. If a child is very upset or unable to be settled for a prolonged period we will give you a call to make sure you are aware of this. At the end of the session a member of the team from the room your child is in will hand over your child and give you a brief update on how the day went. You are welcome to call the Pre-School and have a longer chat with the keyworker or arrange to come in and see them if you feel this is needed.