Settling in sessions
Once the deposit payment has been received the child’s allocated key person will contact the parent to arrange the first settling in session. We like to book these sessions over a two week period before the start date so that there isn’t a big gap between visits and starting. We require the children to attend 3 settling in sessions and there is no charge made for this attendance.
We encourage parents to stay on site for the first two visits each of which are an hour long, you will be required to fill in the necessary starter paperwork during the first visit and have time to talk about routines and daily nursery life. These visits are also a good opportunity for the child to see the parent bond with the staff so reinforcing their own new bond with their key person and become at ease with their new surroundings.
The third hour long visit is usually without the parent giving the child an opportunity to experience being away from their parent whist in their new surroundings with their new friends.
Every child is an individual and if the child is finding it hard to separate from the parent we can arrange one or two additional short visits with or without the parent before the child’s start date.
Each child is allocated a Key Person when they start the nursery or change nursery rooms. This staff member will work closely with the child planning appropriate activities for their ability and to encourage and promote their development.
The Key Person will monitor the child’s development, add important milestones, achievements, WOW! moments and observations to their individual Learning Journeys and liaise with the parents at the beginning and end of the day. In addition, they will work with any other professionals that may also be involved with the child’s development and care.
The Key Person will meet with parents three times a year during Parents Evenings to discuss their child’s progress.
F is leaving to attend primary school. Her bond with her key worker has been the most positive experience for F. She talks about them when she's at home and shows us the things they have been teaching her. She enjoys writing and shows me everyday what she can do.
You all do such an amazing job. With carers such as the team at Little Dragons I am happy to go to work knowing my daughter will have the best care taken of her and that is what she got everyday.
A special mention to Leah - F made such an attachment to her and will miss her terribly. All the staff are great. It does not matter what room they work in they all take an interest in what’s happening. I am glad we can continue with this nursery for our second child.
Little Dragons offers value for money. I have looked at other nurseries for our second child but we wanted Little Dragons. You offer the whole package in our pricing.
I would highly recommend this nursery to all my friends looking for child care.