We email a weekly news sheet to let parents know what is happening in the coming week.
Preparations for starting nursery
Prior to starting at Rainbow Nursery we provide a pre-term social event for newcomers, so both you and your child have the opportunity to meet other parents and meet members of staff. You will also receive starter pack with paper work required upon your child’s first day.
Your child’s first day
I am sure you have anticipated the day your child starts nursery for some time, and may naturally have one or two concerns or questions regarding the matter. Please don’t worry. We are an experienced, professional team, who love our ‘work’ and we are here to help and make the transition from home to nursery one of enjoyment for both you and your child. Here are one or two thoughts which might help ease you and them into the nursery routine.
- It is not a good idea to linger. Once you have said your ‘farewells’ it’s best to
- If your child is unhappy or tearful when you leave, hand your child with a positive attitude to a member of staff for them to distract and comfort them. With the appropriate level of support, most children will have stopped crying and began to play, before you have left the car park! After a short period, we will ring if they have not settled. We do not want your child to be distressed any more than you do. We will speak to you if we feel more support with settling in is needed.
- Be positive about your child starting nursery; help them to understand what is going to happen. If you feel confident and happy about the experience, the chances are they will too! Avoid talking about any anxieties or worries you may have about nursery in front of them. They will ‘pick up the vibes’. Ask for a private word with myself or a member of staff to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
- If your child is having difficulty settling, please feel free to bring in a transition toy/item for them to cuddle/hold until you return to collect them. Please name the item and don’t send in anything too precious!
- Don’t worry about toileting. We will go along with you and your child’s needs and endeavour to support them at whatever stage of training you have reached. Please provide your child with a clearly named bag with changes of clothes (named clothes would be useful!) and nappies/pull-ups/wipes for toileting accidents and over exuberant water play!
- Please label all coats and accessories to ensure belongings get back to the right child.
- Please do talk to us, we are never too busy to listen; your thoughts and opinions are important to us.
During this period, as we establish a new relationship between your child and Rainbow, we would encourage you to stay no longer than necessary. We feel children need a chance to adjust and settle on their own. You can be assured that we will contact you if your child is unhappy, or feel they need the added security of your presence for a while longer. It is true to say that most children settle very happily and give no cause for concern.
How parents can take part at Rainbow Nursery School
We know that choosing a pre-school for your child is a big step. We want you to remain involved as much as possible and see parent/carers and nursery working very much in partnership to achieve the very best for your child.
There can become a part of the nursery by becoming involved in the Social and Fundraising Group (SFG), by becoming a volunteer, escorting on nursery visits within the community, supporting us at events, sharing interests or hobbies to name but a few.
If you would like to become actively involved in the nursery, then please speak to a member of staff regarding your expressed interest. We welcome you at any time, by appointment, should there be something you wish to discuss privately.
Social and Fundraising Group (SFG)
The Rainbow Nursery has a very active and highly regarded social and fundraising group of which we hope you will enjoy being an active part of. A range of activities take place throughout the year so we hope there is something for everyone. Regular emails are sent to support the next scheduled fundraising/social event and this will also be advertised on the notice board. If you would like to be involved please contact Kim Windebank.
Rainbow Support Group
The nursery has close links with the Church and our support group offers the Rainbow Nursery prayer, advice, practical help and expertise in a number of fields. The group includes amongst others our vicar, Church Wardens & members of St Stephen’s.