We understand that choosing a Nursery for your child is one of the most important decisions you will have to make; therefore we are happy to welcome you into our Nursery to have a look around and meet our team before you make that important decision. Here at Apple Tree there are no hidden extra costs. We do not require a registration fee as we believe that you will make the decision that is best for you and your family. If you wish to apply you will be advised as to whether there is a place currently available for your child. If so, we will do our best to accommodate you with the sessions you require. If there is not a vacancy your details can be put on the waiting list and we will give you as much notice as possible as to when a vacancy becomes available.
Little Tips for Parents!
When you arrive, have a little chat with your child’s key person and if your little one settles to playing straight away, try not to be offended! A nursery is a new and exciting place, and many children thrive here from the beginning. It doesn’t mean that they don’t love you or miss you – it means that you are a fantastic parent who’s raising a confident little person! However, if your child should be distressed, tell them very clearly that you will be back later to pick them up. This is the most important lesson that your baby will learn – that you will always, always come back.
If you need to have a little weep, remember that the manager’s office is usually well-stocked with tissues. You won’t be the first or last parent to find the first day at nursery difficult, even if your baby loves it!
Plan to have something to do after your first drop-off: if you aren’t going straight to work, then perhaps arrange to meet a friend for a coffee, or head to the gym.
At pick up time, appreciate that your little one may be experiencing a range of emotions when he or she sees you, from excitement through to tiredness. Young children may express this with tears, as they won’t have the language to communicate all their feelings – don’t assume that this means they’ve been upset all day. Trust what the staff are telling you.
Don’t be worried about keeping in close contact with the nursery over the first few weeks. This is a period of change for both you and your baby, and any good nursery will do their best to help you with the transition. Remember that the staff are very experienced in helping new babies to settle, and your little one is in good hands.
My First Day
Who will Welcome me?
When you arrive at the Nursery for your first settling in session, you will see an intercom system in the Nursery entrance. You will press the button for the ‘office’ and the Nursery Manager will greet you. You will be welcomed into your child’s new room and introduced to their Key Person, other carers and children within the room.
What should I wear?
We like the children to be as comfortable as possible and encourage your little ones to become independent learners. Clothes that are labelled and can be done up/undone easily will help them to become independent in dressing/undressing themselves.
We encourage the children to participate in our ‘messy’ activities and on occasion there may be more paint on their clothing than their creation! Please bear this in mind when dressing your child.
What do I need to bring?
Here at Apple Tree all of your child’s meals and snacks are provided! We kindly request that you bring the following:
- A nursery friendly sized bag that will fit on my named peg
- At least 2 spare changes of clothes (and a few extra if toilet training!)
- We believe that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing so please ensure you provide suitable outdoor clothing and a pair of wellies.
- Measured formula powder if needed
- A named water bottle to encourage your child to be independent and access their own water throughout the day.
- Your childs comforter/dummy if they need a little extra security
Each child is unique and will react differently to their first day at Nursery; therefore we have a settling in process which the Nursery Manager will discuss with you. The settling in sessions provide you and your child with the opportunity to get to know his/her carers within the room and to meet the other children. The settling in period is individual to each child and we provide you with as many settling in sessions as you feel your little one will need. You will be given a registration form and ‘welcome pack’ with relevant forms to complete. Settling in sessions are free of charge and are there to aid your child with a smooth transition into Nursery life and to ensure they are given the best possible start!
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a statutory framework that all Early Years providers must follow. The EYFS sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old
The aim of the EYFS is to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to learn through high quality play experiences and that they will be supported through this journey by their relationship with their key person.
The Key Person Approach is one of the vital principals in the Early Years Foundation Stage and now a statutory requirement of the framework. It is a reciprocal relationship between a member of staff, individual child and their family. It provides the child with a sense of security so that they feel confident to explore their world and form further relationships.
Each child is assigned a Key Person. The Key Person will help the child to become familiar with the provision and to feel confident and safe within it. Here at Apple Tree your child will spend quality group time with their Key Person and Key Family on a daily basis. This ensures strong foundations can be built and each child and their parents have a close and trusting relationship with their Key Person. The Key Person will observe and monitor your child to ensure they are meeting their full potential. It is our belief that Parents are the primary educators of children and we welcome parental contributions to the learning here at Apple Tree.