At Osborne House Community Nursery we put children’s needs first. We believe that transitions into Nursery are extremely important to each child and their family as they begin and continue to advance throughout the setting.
Please find our Transition Document below, which clearly explains how children are introduced to the Nursery and how partnership with parents is encouraged throughout this process.
For mothers/fathers/carers of children who are:
New to the setting
Moving rooms within the setting
Due to start school
There are four bases within Osborne House Community Nursery:-
Little Monkeys: 3 months - 16 months approx
Honey Bears: 16 months approx - 2 years
Little Stars: 2 - 3 years
Big Noahs: 3 - 5 years
Our aims for all children’s transition periods
To support children to be confident and enthusiastic throughout any transition period.
To support children in building new relationships with their peers and practitioners.
To support children in becoming familiar with a new environment and new routines.
To support mothers/fathers/carers in building new relationships with practitioners.
To support mothers/fathers/carers throughout their child’s transition periods.
To provide opportunities for all children and staff members to interact and form relationships, for example the use of free flow periods for our children aged 3 months - 2 years.
Settling in Visits for a Child New to the Nursery
Once your childcare bond has been returned to nursery, we will confirm the allocation of a place for your child and forward to you:
A confirmation letter detailing when your child’s settling in visits will begin
Two parental agreements forms (one of which must be signed/dated and returned to the Nursery)
A Registration Form, which includes information including name/address, sessions attending, parental contact information including parental responsibility, emergency contact details, medical conditions/allergies, and consents.
A Children’s Information Form which includes more detailed information about your child, including dietary requirements, nappy changing/toileting and daily routines.
Every child starting at Osborne House Community Nursery is entitled to five free hours of settling in visits, prior to the child’s proposed start date.
These visits are highly recommended to help your child with the transition of entering a new environment.
Practitioners will discuss with you how best to manage your child’s transition into Nursery, using the first visit as an indicator. For example your child may need regular short visits prior to their start date or they may adapt to the new environment with confidence therefore only requiring two or three longer visits. Each child entering the nursery will be treated as an individual and the transition will be adapted to meet their needs.
Mothers/fathers/carers are encouraged to stay for the first settling in visit, which is recommended to last no longer than one hour.
You will be introduced to your child’s key person and the other carers in your child’s room.
Settling-in visits sheets will be completed to document how your child is adapting to these visits.
If after the five hours of free settling in hours, your child needs subsequent settling in time, this can be arranged and you will be invoiced by the hourly rate.
Mothers/fathers/carers are encouraged to phone the nursery to speak to the practitioners directly involved in the care of their children during these settling in visits.
Soothers - for example dummies, favourite toys, blankets are encouraged within the Nursery, as these help the child to feel comforted in new surroundings.
Settling in Visits for a Child Advancing Rooms within the Nursery
When we feel your child is ready to move onto the next stage of development and therefore begin the transition from one room to another within the Nursery, the practitioners from your child’s current room will begin to discuss the transition with you.
The practitioners in your child’s current room will complete a Transition Form which details the planned transition and relevant information which is needed to be passed onto the practitioners in your child’s new room. This form will be shared with you and you will be given the opportunity to add your comments; alongside this you will also be asked to complete an All About Me Form, which details specific information about your child.
Several visits to the next room will be organised and you will be kept informed of when these sessions will be. Settling in visit sheets will be completed to document how your child is adapting to these visits. These will be shared with you following each visit.
You will be introduced to your child’s new key person and the other practitioners in the room.
You are invited to ask any questions, maybe about the room, routine or concerns you may have.
If you wish to make an appointment with the new key person to discuss how your child is settling in, you are welcome to do so.
To begin with these visits will only be for a period between 1-2 hours, they will advance to a session and then a full day when appropriate.
Your child’s existing key person will accompany your child during these early settling in visits.
Transition from Nursery to School
Before children are due to start school, Reception Teachers from the local schools will arrange to visit the nursery and meet the children who will be moving into their class. Osborne House Community Nursery will make every effort for these visits to take place and chase up any schools that haven’t been in contact.
In addition to this, the school may have their own procedures for supporting children through this transition which may include inviting children and mother/father/carer to visit the school or arranging for a Teacher to make a home visit, prior to their start date. This is usually organised without the involvement of the nursery.
We plan a Transition Event/Celebration and a variety of activities focused upon the transition to school that aim to help prepare children for the transition and also gives them an opportunity to talk about their experiences alongside their peers. Each child and their mother/father/carer are invited to the Transition Celebration event.
The child’s Key Person will complete a School Summary Transition Form.
This form provides important information for the school, focussed upon the child’s current stages of development, their interests and any additional needs.
The document will be shared with mothers/fathers/carers and they will be asked to contribute their views on this form, as will the child.
This form will be handed over to the child’s new school, by the end of term prior to the child starting.
The child’s development file will be handed to the mother/father/carer and it is recommended that they also share this with the school.