A child’s first day at Rainbow Day Nursery is a big step into a new and exciting world that they are unfamiliar with. Some children take this step with confidence; others find it can be confusing, meeting it with uncertainty. These new experiences coupled with your own feelings about going back to work, or leaving your child in a new place, can be a stressful time in a family’s life.

At Rainbow Day Nursery, we have years of experience in managing the transition from a child being at home to being a fully integrated member of our nursery.

The length of time for each child and number of visits may vary, as this is not a process which can be hurried. Our experienced team will support your individual needs to make sure that your child feels as comfortable as possible, as quickly as possible.

Your child’s assigned key person and room leader will work with you to agree an initial (flexible) settling in plan over approximately a 1 to 2 week period and will support you to make the transition as easy as possible. This is an opportunity for sharing information about you and your child, to ask questions and to gradually become familiar with our routines. Staff will support you and your child through this transition.

An initial meeting will be arranged between you and your child’s keyworker. This is an information gathering session which will take you through the registration process and is an opportunity for you and the keyworker to discuss relevant information.

Your child will be invited into the setting for up to two hours . During this time your child will be able to explore the nursery environment and will give your child time to get to know their keyworker and other staff members.

Your child will be invited to attend for a further two hours to experience nursery routines at a different time of the day.

Your child will begin their time at Rainbow Day Nursery where they will be fully supported with their transition into nursery life.