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.
I think the staff are what make Little Dragons a lovely place. I saw about 10 different nurseries before choosing Little Dragons and it was the staff that swayed it for me. I remember on my second visit one of the staff members had remembered B’s name.
I also felt that the staff engaged with the children. They were talking and interacting very well with them which is what I was looking for and which I didn’t see as a highlight in many of the other nurseries I saw.
Staff have been very caring and supportive of B and they seem to know him well. Staff provide lots of varied and fun activities every day.
The staff have been very flexible and accommodating when I have asked for extra days. Staff have been reassuring and always encouraged me to phone if I needed to see how B was doing.
I would like to give special mention to Bradley, B’s key worker, who has been absolutely brilliant throughout his time at nursery. He has been enthusiastic, caring, supportive, fun and positive. B has really felt settled in nursery because of Bradley’s support. I have really felt B is in safe hands.
I would also like to mention all the staff in the Green Room who have all been friendly and supportive towards B. It is lovely how they all welcome him when he arrives. It is a lovely atmosphere because of this.
Considering all the materials needed to do the activities and the food B receives, I would say the nursery is good value for money.
Mr and Mrs R