Settling your child into the setting during the ﬁrst few days Settling into a new environment is always difﬁcult, no matter how young or old you are. We appreciate that you are probably feeling a little worried about the ﬁrst few times you leave your child at [name of setting]. But there are lots of things you can do to help your child settle quickly with us and feel happy and secure in our setting • Try to look conﬁdent and happy when you drop off • Aim to make a clean ‘break’ when you leave your your child. Your child will pick up on your emotions: if child – try not to linger and go back to them if there you appear upset, your child will respond to this. are tears. Your child may well cry, but in most cases this only carries on for a few minutes after you have • When you arrive at the setting, please help your gone. We promise that we will contact you if we child to hang up their coat and bag, and place a toy cannot settle your child within a reasonable amount in the ‘show and tell’ box. of time. • Your child will have a ‘key worker’ – a key person • Please feel free to give us a call to check that your who keeps a close eye on how your child is settling in child has calmed down and is enjoying themselves. and also on your child’s overall progress. We will tell you who your child’s key worker is: please look out • We will give you a ‘home/setting’ diary – please for this person as a point of contact when you drop write in here a little bit about what your child has off your child. done recently. That way we can refer to known experiences and people from home if your child • If your child likes to use a comforter at home, is upset. please feel free to let your child bring this in. A favourite teddy or blanket, or a dummy, can be very • Remember that starting in a new environment can soothing to your child when they start at the setting. be a tiring experience. Your child may seem more tired than usual in the ﬁrst few days or weeks. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal. Encouraging your child to be independent Here at [name of setting], we will support your child in becoming independent and taking care of themselves You can help us do this by showing your child how to: • tell a grown-up if their nappy needs changing, or if they need the toilet • use a potty or the toilet and wipe afterwards • wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating • hang their coat on their named peg • put their coat and hat on • put their shoes on. You can encourage your child by: • giving lots of praise when they get it right • trying not to respond crossly when they have an accident or make a mistake • talking about why it is important to do things such as washing their hands after using the toilet. You can also support the work we do by: • labelling your child’s clothes with their name • putting some spare clothes in your child’s bag in case of accidents • choosing shoes that are easy for your child to get on and off – preferably no laces please!