Admissions & Settling in

Admissions

It is our intention to make our setting accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community. We aim to ensure that all sections of our community have access to the setting through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures. 

➢ We are happy to take any child within our registered numbers. 

➢ Our settings and its practices operate in a way that encourages positive regard for and understanding of difference and ability – whether gender, family structure, class, background, religion, ethnicity or competence in spoken English. 

➢ We support children and/or parents with disabilities to take full part in all activities 

within our setting where it is possible and we feel we can give them the care they need. 

Settling In

When a child starts to attend our setting, we use a variety of ways to provide his/her parents with information. By creating opportunities for the exchange of information, using all about me forms and a shared approach we can work out the best way of settling in your child. 

➢ The key person welcomes and looks after the child and one parent at the child’s first session and during the settling-in process and completes paperwork including what to expect when. This will be carried out at a safe distance.

➢ The child is then invited to attend a short session maximum 2 hours with the parents on standby.

➢ These sessions are free of charge and usually over the course of one or two weeks. 

➢ We welcome parents/carers to stay with their child during the first initial visits to help the parent/carer feel comfortable about leaving them 

➢ Within the first four to six weeks of starting, we discuss and work with the child’s parents to begin to create their child’s record of achievement. 

➢ We can offer flexible admission procedures, if appropriate, to meet the needs of individual families and children. 

➢ We will encourage parents/carers, where appropriate, to separate themselves from their children for brief periods at first, gradually building up to longer absences so that the child gets used to this and is comfortable being left with our team. 

➢ We will respect the circumstances of all families, including those unable to stay for long 

periods of time at the settings and reassure them of their child's progress towards settling in. 

CREATED: AUGUST 2019   REVIEWED: AUGUST 2021  NEXT REVIEW: AUGUST 2022