Getting started

Nursery and pre-school should be a wonderful experience for both children and parents. We work closely with you every step of the way to ensure your child feels secure and supported from the word go – which means a happy and trouble-free transition for them, and peace of mind for you.

Settling in

Lots of nurseries follow a set procedure for settling a child into nursery. It could be one week of visits every day (a little longer each time), or 8 weeks of sporadic short visits. At our nurseries we tailor a settling-in programme specifically for your child – because what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for all. Once you’re booked in, we’ll sit and talk to you about what will suit your child best, and arrange a series of visits to fit the bill. If you want to stay and play a few times, no problem. If you’re nervous about naps, we’ll slowly work up to a visit involving a sleep. In short, whatever you and your child need, we’ll arrange the smoothest possible transition for a happy start to your child’s time with us. 

Your child’s key person

Every child has a designated key person. Unlike many nurseries, we don’t allocate your child’s key person in advance – instead, we observe whom your child is particularly drawn to in their initial few weeks, in order place your child with the best person for them. There to monitor, support and encourage your child’s unique interests and development, the key person is your main point of contact. They will record your child’s individual learning journey and share their experiences, challenges and mini breakthroughs with you.

Following your child’s journey

We continue to work closely with parents throughout their children’s time with us, running Parents Evenings, Workshops, Stay & Play sessions and the Parent Portal.

What you’ll need to bring

For little ones you’ll need to supply nappies and wipes, up until they’re toilet trained. For babies still on milk, you’ll need to bring in formula and bottles, too. We supply sudocream, but if you prefer a different brand, just bring that in too. Your child will have their own peg for their coat and their bag which should contain all the essentials they’ll need for days of fun both in and outdoors:

  • a few changes of clothes (including plenty of pants if toilet-trained)
  • sun cream and sun hats in summer
  • gloves and warm hats in winter
  • wellies and waterproofs for all year round!