Advice on Starting Nursery

PREPARATION: HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THEIR FIRST DAY AT KEW MONTESSORI

Make sure you go to the introductory session offered to you. This will be organised the term before your child starts. This session will be an opportunity for you and your child to meet the teachers, some of their peers and also to familiarise yourselves with the layout of the building. You will be given an introductory pack which includes general information about the school and various forms including important information needed relating to your child’s wellbeing.

FIRST DAY ADVICE: HANDY HINTS TO HELP A SMOOTH TRANSITION

No one likes to feel rushed during the school morning routine — especially on the first day. So make sure everyone wakes up at a reasonable hour. Therefore, you are less likely to cause stress by rushing breakfast and causing upset to a child who will like routine. Please bring a bag containing spare clothes and any nappies and wipes needed. (School bags can be purchased at the introductory session). Please also remember to bring your introductory forms with you, and hand them to a member of staff.

WE WILL PROVIDE A HEALTHY SNACK DURING THE MORNING

Please feel free to let your child bring along his favourite stuffed animal (or blanket, or whatever object comforts them) so there is a home/school connection which helps them settle. They may well not need it but they are helpful to have if needed. We will look after these objects but please make sure these precious objects are labelled somehow.

At this point you may feel anxious but do not let your child sense this. They pick up on emotion very well so try to remain smiling and calm while you are still with your child. It is good to reiterate to your child that they will have a good time and that you will be back soon.

Keep goodbyes short and sweet, you will stay for as long as you need to on the first day but we suggest that when we think the time is appropriate you give your child a warm goodbye and reassure them you will come back very soon to pick them up. Then go to the door where you will be seen out by a member of staff — don’t linger (they can’t get on with their day until you do).

Just remember, it’s normal for some children to cry when it’s time to separate (though many don’t). But even if your child is crying and clinging to you, most the time they will be fine a few minutes after you leave. If it’s taking a little longer don’t worry, we have many years of experience dealing with this, and will be there to help both you and your child.

Now all you have to do is smile and go and meet a friend for a coffee. We will contact you if your child doesn’t settle, but this is extremely rare. We also ask you to return a little earlier than usual to collect your child for the first few days.