We want children to feel safe and secure and comfortable with the staff, as well as for the parents to have confidence in their child’s wellbeing. Parents are encouraged to lead the settling-in process for their child: if they prefer to stay part of the day or all of the day, we support them in this decision.
All children have different experiences and personalities and we understand that parents know their child best. Parents are welcome to stay the first day, regardless of the age of the child. Toddler (1-2 years of age) and Nursery I (2-3 years of age) parents can stay for a longer period of time, maximum two weeks after the child has joined.
It is important that you have thought through, and are prepared for, the emotional aspects you and your child might go through. When you feel it is time to allow your child to settle alone, the teachers will support you and your child in this.
Teachers will guide you on what to do and how to go about the separation process: “Give 1 hug and 1 kiss and tell your child when you will be coming back to collect them. Do not give wrong information (“I will be right back” or “I am right outside”), tell the truth, and then turn and go. Turning back compromises the parent-child-teacher circle of trust.
Please trust the teachers; they are professionals and take individual aspects into account.
Parents are welcome to telephone the school at any time during this period to check on their child’s progress. Homeroom teachers will make themselves available at these times as well as at pick-up time to discuss your child’s progress and involvement.
Pacifiers and other Comforters
We discourage the use of pacifiers in the preschool because of the effect they can have on the development of a child’s speech and language skills as well for hygienic reasons. However, we acknowledge the role these and other comforters such as a favourite teddy bear or blanket can play in helping a child settle into a new environment. Therefore we work with parents to reduce a child’s need for these by creating a safe and welcoming environment. As the child becomes settled in we remove the comforters to a safe place to be returned at collection time.