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Settling in at Miss Daisy's Nursery
We want to make sure your child has the happiest start to school life at Miss Daisy’s so we have put together this plan to ensure this happens.
It is really important that the teachers and parents work together to guarantee this happens. Here at Miss Daisy’s, we feel that it is a partnership between home and school and please never hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
The summer term before your child joins, we will invite you and your child to join the other children and families starting at Miss Daisy’s for a new children’s party. This is a perfect opportunity for the parents and children to meet each other. You may then want to organise play dates during the summer holidays, so the children have made some friends before they start school. You will also by then have received a Miss Daisy’s New Parents Guide, please read this. It is so important to read this prior to your child starting and will answer many of your questions and guide you through all the different aspects of school life.
Before your child starts school in September, your child’s teacher will visit you and your child for a home visit. This teacher/key person will be responsible for your child and take care of them each day at school. The visit will last up to an hour and is an opportunity for you to ask lots of questions, prior to your child starting school. The teacher will go through the questionnaire ‘all about me’ so the teacher knows as much as possible about your child to support their start to school. You could take a photograph of your child’s teacher during the home visit so you can start talking about your teacher at home and your child will have a familiar face on their first day. We recognise that children feel more secure when they know and trust their caregivers.
Your child will then begin at Miss Daisy’s Nursery School. We do have a strict policy that parents do need to leave their child with their teacher and not stay too long in the classroom when they first begin. With all our years of experience and trials we now know the best way for your child to separate from you, is with a confident farewell and to not stay too long. The longer the parent stays the harder it is for the child and for the teacher. We recommend the parent leaves, even it is only for 15 minutes the first day. If your child is very unhappy the teacher will always call you to request you return and if your child has settled easily, the teacher will call and encourage you to not return until collection time at 12pm. We really believe that a gentle start is best, hence why we recommend 3 mornings a week to start off. We ask parents to stay close to the nursery so that we are able to contact you if your child becomes upset or distressed. Your child is welcome to bring a favourite toy or special blanket to school in the first few weeks as this can make your child feel more confident and secure.
You will work very closely with your child’s teacher and decide what is best for your child. Each child is different and some children settle in very easily into school life, while others find it harder. Some children might step up to four or five mornings, whilst others will stay with three mornings - your child’s teacher will guide you what is best for your child. Many children will settle in within one morning at school whilst others take up to a term, this is very normal. Patience is key, as well as a consistent routine at home and at school, that really makes a big difference.
It is important that parents and staff communicate and work in partnership with each other to ensure we build a good foundation for your child’s time at Miss Daisy’s Nursery.
Please honour our settling in process, as we believe that this is the most successful way of your child having a happy start to school life.