Settling In

We understand that settling in your child at nursery for the first time is probably one of the hardest things you will have to do. It is a big change, and it can be an emotional time for both parents and babies. 

The adjustment will be different for everyone , so to try and make things easier for you we have put together the below advice, which we hope, will make the settling in process a little more comfortable. 



Remember the positives

At one of our nurseries, your child will be able to interact with other children and explore the various learning opportunities and play experiences that we provide to support all areas of development. Mixing as part of a group will enable your child to build valuable friendships and social skills. We will also involve your child in lots of creativity such as crafts, painting or playing in our mud kitchens.

Give yourself time

Leaving your child for the first time can be very difficult and many parents can feel upset, anxious, or nervous. As with any big change, it is perfectly natural to feel tearful or worried. We offer settling in sessions to enable both babies and parents to get used to the new routine and surroundings before the normal routine begins. Allow both yourself and your child time to adjust to the new routine.


Sometimes it may take a while for a child settle in and this causes some parents to feel guilty about leaving them. But once your baby is settled, your decision will feel more comfortable as they get used to their new routine. It is advisable to try to be patient and to give your child lots of reassurance.

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Settling in

Our nurseries have a phased introduction plan for your child which is tailored to suit the different needs of all children. We allow parents to stay with your baby for the first couple of short sessions, before you start to leave them for a few hours, this can then build up to a full day. Please speak to the nursery manager, who will be able to advise you on the options available.


We recommend settling your child in gradually. This gives them time to get used to the new environment, people, and new routines. Sessions can be increased as time goes on.


Settling your baby into nursery can be difficult at first, but things will settle down as you both adjust to this new chapter.

Your child's emotions

As every child is different, the way they settle into their new routine will vary. Some children will take to it easier than others, some children may cry, especially at the beginning – this can be difficult for parents to deal with. We are very experienced and have dealt with most circumstances before, we know how to comfort your baby and what they need. Even if your little one is crying when you leave them, the likelihood will be that a few minutes later we will have them engaged in a fun activity.

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First few weeks

We recommend, for the first few weeks, giving yourself extra time for drop-off. This will ensure that you don’t have to rush off and you have the extra time if needed to compose yourself if you become upset.


We encourage you to contact us so we can keep you updated on your child’s day and this will also reassure you that your child is happy.

Keeping you updated

Some of our nurseries can send you photos or videos throughout the week so you can see what your little one is up to and see what activities they have been involved with.

Time with your child

You may find, once your child attends nursery, that you appreciate the time you spend with your child even more than before which makes their bath time or bedtime routine even nicer.

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