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Nursery Transition Policy

Magheradroll Nursery Unit

Transition Policy

Starting nursery is an exciting time for children, but can also be a challenging and anxious time for both children and their parent/carers. We are committed to putting the needs of the child first whilst working with each other, parents/carers and other professionals to make transitions as smooth as possible for all concerned.

Starting Nursery

We endeavour to make the transition from home to nursery as stress free as possible by:

  • Providing an Open Day in December annually for parents and children to visit and become familiar with the setting and staff, experience the ethos that exists within and learn about what their child will experience during their time in Magheradroll Nursery Unit;
  • Provide a prospectus which gives information on the Nursery Curriculum, settling in procedures and other relevant policies;
  • Providing an Induction Meeting with parents. At this meeting we provide parents with the Child Protection Policy and Procedures, Positive Behaviour Policy and Procedures, settling in arrangements, curriculum information and how they can support their child in settling in to Nursery;
  • Providing information gathering forms to gain information on the child’s medical conditions, Special Education Needs and/or Outside Agency involvement. We also find out about, family relationships and links, what activities the child likes and any fear or anxieties he/she may have;
  • Providing a Transition book at the Induction meeting for parents to share with their child. The transition book shows pictures and simple text on the daily routines of our Nursery and we encourage parents to regularly provide social stories around the transition book so that the child knows what to expect when coming to the Nursery for the first time;
  • Providing details of the settling in arrangements including starting dates and times. It is the aim of the Nursery to have all children settled into their full session by the end of September.

Settling In

  • Our Nursery staff are there on those first days to meet and greet parents and children and to share any worries, anxieties or concerns. They are also available at the end of the sessions to talk to parents and provide feedback on how the day has gone.
  • Each child has a labelled peg with a unique symbol which is made familiar to both parent and child. This symbol is used consistently in the early weeks to identify children’s personal belongings, drawings and paintings in order help them become more independent and build confidence.
  • Children are permitted to bring items from home that provide comfort when needed.
  • Children are encouraged to bring in photographs from home and are provided with opportunities in the Nursery session to share the photos with the staff and other children.
  • The nursery has a cuddly toy box which the children can go to and get a ‘cuddle toy’ in times when they are anxious or worried.
  • Through the collection of information on the activities children like to do at home, these interests are shared in the setting to encourage children to feel comfortable in their new surroundings and encourage them to want to stay and play.

Special Educational Needs

We are aware that all children are different and some have special educational needs. It is important that parents make the Nursery aware of this as soon as possible so that additional provision can be made if needed.

Whilst we aim to have all children attending fully by the end of September flexibility will be applied in situations where a child is finding it difficult to cope in the setting.