I've been working in a nursery for many years and have really enjoyed my time, and while i have always believed in interaction with the parents to be vitally important in creating a home for home experience, i feel my nursery is lacking in giving out information before the child enters our setting.
We give out a leaflet/booklet/price info/term dates, but thats it. Is that enough?
We also give them tours of the nursery, and when children are accepted settling in sessions e.t.c
I've been thinking when the parents initially apply to the nursery we should give them information of how to help there child settle into a new setting, something on the lines of:
- settling - taking your child to social events - so they become accustomed to different children and adults e.g. play places, the park, classes e.t.c
- sleeping - be aware that the sleep room won't be very dark, and there may be some noises, this may disrupt your babies sleep and if your child is already sleeping through noises at home it may help in the long run (this point needs to be re worded but you get the idea)
- other children
Offer information for all these areas, and probably a few more.
So what do you think, would your have liked to received something like this, or like to if you were to use a nursery?