We want children to feel safe and happy in the absence of their parents. To recognise other adults as a source of authority, help and friendship and to be able to share with their parents afterwards the new learning experiences enjoyed in the playgroup. We also want parents to feel welcome and involved from the beginning.
In order to accomplish this, we aim to create a partnership with parents in the following ways by:
- creating opportunities for the exchange of information.
- ensuring plentiful opportunities for parents to inform the playgroup about their child’s current achievements and interests.
- encouraging parents to visit the playgroup with their child during the weeks before an admission is planned.
- introducing flexible admission procedures, if appropriate, to meet the needs of individual families and children.
- making clear to families from the outset that they will be welcome and supported in the playgroup for as long as it takes to settle their child there.
- Understanding that some children may take longer to settle in, children who have had a period of absence may also need their parent to be on hand to re-settle them.
- reassuring parents whose child seems to be taking a long time settling into the playgroup.
- encouraging parents, where appropriate, to separate from their child for brief periods at first, gradually building up to longer absences.
- When parents leave, we ask them to say goodbye to their child and explain that they will be coming back.Children cannot play or learn successfully if they are anxious and unhappy. Our settling in procedures aim to help parents and children to feel comfortable in the playgroup, and to ensure that children can benefit from what the group has to offer and feel confident that their parents will return at the end of the session.