How can I support my child to be Nursery ready?
One of the biggest questions we get asked is how parents can support their child in being ready for nursery. On your child's induction day, staff will talk to you in depth about your child's specific needs and how you can support them. However, here are a few general tips which apply to most children:
If your little one is an only child, suddenly being thrust into a group of loads of other kids at nursery may come as a very unwelcome shock indeed! Before your child starts at nursery it is a good idea to up the number of play dates that they have with children of a similar age, or maybe attend some toddler groups to get your child used to the idea of being around other children, sharing toys and taking turns.
Read to your child
Sharing stories with your child and developing their vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do. Not only is it a great way to spend time together, it helps promote language, literacy and brain development.
Set simple tasks
At nursery children are often expected to assist with tasks such as tidying up toys or handing out plates for snack time. Giving your child some pre-schooler-friendly tasks at home can really help with this and is also a great way of building up their confidence and independence in preparation for starting nursery.
Settling in and remaining positive
If necessary, take it slow! It can be a massive adjustment if your child hasn't been in a nursery provision before. We can be flexible in offering staggered sessions to support your child in settling in to their new environment. During these times, positive conversations about what your child likes at nursery can support them in settling in more quickly.
Be on time
We know that life can be hectic, however, the first part of our nursery sessions are vitally important in supporting your child in settling in. From sharing a meal and a story with their friends, to covering the routine of the day, they ensure a calm and enjoyable experience.