Dundry Pre-school

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Starting Dundry Pre-school and Settling in

We work together with you as parents to ensure your child's start at pre-school is as comfortable as possible. This does take longer for some children than others, and you should not feel worried if your child takes a while to settle.

Throughout the year our sessions start at 9:15 and parents can “Stay and Play” until 9:40.

For your child's First Session we suggest you stay and play together at pre-school for just an hour.

For your child's Second Session we suggest you stay and play, then leave your child with us for an hour.

From then on we would suggest you stay and play for as long as you both feel comfortable, then leave your child for the whole session.

The first few weeks are crucial for your child and their Key Person to make a close relationship and get to know each other, so we will spend a great deal of time working hard to do this.

Key Persons and Learning Diaries

Our Key Person system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for a group of children. This will give your child the opportunity to have a special adult to help make the settling in period much easier. The Key Person will keep observations on your child's needs, interests and development. The Key Person will work with you as parents to ensure your child is supported to help reach their full potential.

You will have the opportunity to meet with your child's Key Person at your initial visit, and time will be made available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

All members of staff are available at the start of sessions during Stay and Play” to answer any queries, discuss experiences in pre-school/out of pre-school or share information. Please let us know if you need to speak to us confidentially.

Although your child will have their own Key Person - we do try and discourage them becoming too dependant on them, and so develop relationships with other adults and children.

A Learning Diary will be kept on your child, which records your child's progress and observations of their play.

There will be 3 Parents Meetings per year, which will provide opportunities to look through your child's Learning Diary, and discuss progress or concerns. These are available to be looked at- and added to with achievements out of school at any time.