Little Engineers Nursery

Little Engineers Nursery

Getting Nursery Ready

Starting nursery is the beginning of a new and exciting stage in your child’s life. Of course, starting nursery can bring worries and fears for both you and your child, which is perfectly normal. There are a lot of activities for you to do to keep yourself and your child feeling calm and confident.

Some useful preparations

  • If they’re not used to spending time away from you, it’s a good idea to test the waters a couple of months before starting at Nursery – maybe get a friend or family member to look after them for an hour or two a couple of times a week.
  • Visit us with your little one, and invent an excuse to walk past it occasionally and point it out so it feels part of their life.
  • Sound positive and cheerful about the move, but don’t go overboard and oversell it: they may get suspicious.
  • We will love it if you can teach your little one to dress themselves and put on their jumper/coat/hat/gloves. It will also give them some useful playground kudos.
  • It’s their social and listening skills that will help them more than anything else to settle in. Have some play dates before they start so they can practise their turn-taking and sharing. To practise their listening skills, you might go along to story time at your local library. While you’re there, you could take out some picture books about starting nursery.
  • Don’t think you have to teach your little one the alphabet or how to write their name before they start. We won’t expect children to know them yet.

 

Settling in

  • Some will run off without a backward glance, but most will be a bit hesitant. You may need to hang around for 15 minutes or longer on the first day or two, so don’t make too many exciting plans for the first week and try not to appear rushed, which may spook them.
  • When you drop them off do your very best impression of a brisk-but-cheerful-and-confident parent – even if you’re feeling the exact opposite.
  • Once they are settled in, arranging playdates can help their budding friendships, but they’ll probably be more tired than usual so one every week or two is probably enough.

 

What to bring on your first day of Nursery

(Please remember to label your child’s items of clothing)

1 Year Olds

  • Pack of Nappies
  • Nappy cream
  • Formula Milk (whole milk can be provided)
  • Sippy Cup
  • Calpol in case of high temperature
  • Full set of appropriate spare clothes
  • Indoor shoes/ slippers
  • Comforter for sleep 
  • Wellington boots for rainy days

 2-3 Year Olds

  • Pack of Nappies
  • Nappy cream
  • Calpol in case of high temperature
  • Full set of appropriate spare clothes
  • Indoor shoes/ slippers
  • Comforter (if needed)
  • Wellington boots for rainy days