We place a huge emphasis on getting the settling in process right so your child can get the most out of their time with us.
Ideally, we aim for a three-step process:
1. Your child stays for one hour (usually 9.30am to 10.30am) with you. This helps your child feel secure and your presence confirms Olive Shapley playgroup is a safe, welcoming place and provides reassurance.
2. Your child stays for one hour (usually 9.30am to 10.30am) without you. We do recognise this can be a stressful time for both you and your child. In fact parents are often more distressed than the child! So your needs come first – we try to work around what you feel comfortable with. We have the facilities for you to be able to stay in the building (an adjoining room) or you can start off with ten minutes and build from there.
3. Hopefully, by their third visit, your child can stay without you for the whole session (9.00am – 12.30pm).
We are always led by you and your child and what YOU feel comfortable with. As we’ve mentioned, we believe that a successful settling in is the cornerstone of your child’s time here so we will work with you to make sure your child starts with the best foundation for enjoying their time at Olive Shapley playgroup.