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Starting At Natural Steps

We appreciate that settling into a new environment can be an exciting and sensitive time for children and parents. We endeavour to make the transition from home to centre as smooth as possible. Building a strong partnership between parents/family and staff is a very important step.

We believe that each and every child is unique and respect the special routines that you have developed at home. We value any information that you can share with us regarding your child's routines, preferences and personality.  

 Visits before your child starts

  • On the first visit parents are invited to stay at the centre with their child and get to know staff and centre routines.  This is a lovely time for staff to chat with the parent about their child.  A staff member will show you where the policies and procedures can be found, the programme displays, portfolios, medicine booklet, menu display, sign-in sheet and parent information board.  Nursery children will be given their bag and journal.
  • On the second visit we ask the parent to leave the child with us for an hour. 

 What to bring

We need you to dress your child in sensible and comfortable play clothes. The children do get paint and glue on their clothing from time to time.  They will also need;

Nursery

•     A bag and Journal is provided by the centre for children in the nursery.
•     3 complete change of clothes, including socks and underwear.
•     A familiar comforting toy/blanket/dummy if they have one
•     In summer a named sunhat that can be left at the centre
•     In winter a coat, woollen hat and gumboots (optional).
•     The centre provides nappy cream and sun cream however you are welcome  bring your own from home to keep at the centre.
•     If your child is on breast milk or formula you will need to provide this made up in bottles. Cows milk is provided by the Centre.
 
Toddler and Preschool
 
•    A special bag (like the one they will take to school) to put their    
       belongings in.
•     A NAMED drink bottle that can be left at the centre. Teachers will
       ensure that it is cleaned everyday.
•     A familiar comforting toy/blanket/dummy if they have one
•     Shoes that are easy to get on and off by the child. Some children bring
      slippers for inside play.
•     Children that are being toilet trained will need extra changes of clothes
       and extra spare underpants. 
•     In summer a named sunhat that can be left at the centre
•     In winter a coat, woollen hat and gumboots (optional).
 
PLEASE NAME ALL CLOTHING.

 

 Here are some suggestions that can help with settling your child:

  • Tell your child about the centre and visit it before leaving the child there. Spend some time familiarising yourself and your child within the centre.
  • Always reassure the child that you will return.
  • Make sure you say goodbye to them every time. If you suddenly disappear the child may become more anxious about staying as they have not been reassured that you will return.
  • To assist them settling in, you may wish to let them take a special toy or other possession, so that they will feel more comfortable.
  • Spend some quality time with your child after you have picked them up each day. Ask them what they did, how they felt etc. Try not to introduce too much change at the same time.
  • Make sure you provide the teachers with all relevant information regarding your child and their specific needs, including routines and moods.

Give us a call as often as you feel necessary. Very soon your child will be absorbed in the activities and experiences of the centre and will feel quite at home.

Tips for saying goodbye

Despite your best preparations, your child might still find it difficult to separate from you. They might get upset and start crying. You can help by acknowledging your child's feelings, giving them the words to help express themself, and comforting them. You could also try the following tips:

  • Talk about an activity you and your child will do together when you get back home, such as playing in the garden or reading a story.
  • Establish a goodbye routine, such as three kisses and a bear hug, high-fives or some other special gesture meaningful to your child.
  • Let your child know that you or another familiar grown-up will be back to pick them up at a particular time, or after an event that your child understands, such as sleep or snack time.
  • Keep the goodbye brief. After your goodbye routine, gently but firmly say goodbye to your child. Staying around to comfort your upset child can sometimes prolong distress and even make it worse.
  • Allow your child's carer to gently lead them away to do something they enjoy, such as reading a book or watering the garden.

If you're feeling distressed after seeing your child upset, call the centre about half an hour after you leave to see how your child is. Most children stop crying shortly after mum or dad goes.