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Settling in and beyond

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.

Key Person

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.


J has always loved playing outside. During his time at the nursery he connected really well to all of the staff but especially Christine. Even when he struggled on some occasions being left for the day the girls would always reassure him. He loves to come home and tell me all about his day.

I always felt that J was safe and well looked after when I left him for the day. If on occasion he was upset on me leaving then I felt confident that when I called later on to see if he had settled he would be fine. On occasions the girls would call me first to reassure me that he was ok, knowing how much I hated leaving him if he was upset.

All the girls have been wonderful in looking after J. J loved his time in the red room with Christine as his key carer. He always speaks well of all the team, Lou Lou and Hayley especially. Now he is in his final year at nursery he really enjoys his time there and will often say at the weekend " is it nursery day today ", that shows me he is happy to attend and that's all I ask for.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Big thanks to everyone who looked after J in his time at Little Dragons. It will be the end of an era for both of us. I hope he gets as much care and attention when he starts school. It's one big happy family! Sorry to be leaving it x