This help centre article has been written for Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
At Koru Kids, we put the emotional wellbeing of children first and foremost, so settling-in is approached in a sensitive way.
Children’s emotions are big and real, and it's the Early Educator’s job to ensure transitioning into their home nursery is a positive experience.
Your Early Educator will tune into the emotions of the children - listening to them, responding to them, and comforting them whenever necessary. This will help your child build confidence and comfort in this new environment.
Agreeing on a settling-in timeline
A few weeks before your child is due to start at their home nursery, your Early Educator will be in touch to arrange a meeting to discuss the settling-in period.
First and foremost, they’ll want to know as much as they can about your child - this isn’t them being nosy, but rather trying to understand what really makes your child tick and how to make them as comfortable and happy as possible throughout this transition.
This is an opportunity to share any concerns you may have and agree on a settling-in approach and timeline with your Early Educator that best suits you and your child.
We don’t take a ‘one size fits all' approach, but rather will work with you to find a solution that suits you and your child. If they are most timid we can take things slower and you can accompany them for more sessions to make the transition very gentle. If they are confident and you are happy to move quicker, we can accommodate that too.
Every settling-in plan is different and may involve a combination of outdoor meetings, accompanied home visits and unaccompanied home visits. The plan can always be adapted and changed depending on how your child is coping with the change.
Feeling at home
Your Early Educator will do everything they can to make your child feel at home from the moment they walk in the front door.
However, we also suggest they bring the following with them to make it an even smoother transition:
One of their own sleeping bags from home.
A familiar soft toy from home (to introduce to the family of soft toys in the setting).
Notice period during the settling-in period
If you wish to remove your child from your chosen home nursery during the settling in period, there is a 1 month notice period.
After the settling in period has ended and your child has officially started at your chosen home nursery, there is an 8 week notice period if you wish to remove your child from the setting or change your regular hours/days.
Your Early Educator also needs to give a 1 month notice period during the settling-in period if they wish to terminate the contract.
If your Early Educator terminates the contract within the settling-in period, then you will be refunded your £150 deposit.