Your first days . . .
The first day of preschool is very daunting for parents and children, to help we have this checklist to make sure your all ready!
The bag . . .
Should have a spare top (we like messy and wet play here) spare undies (just in case of little accidents) Nappies & wipes (if not yet potty trained) a small towel (no larger than a face cloth is fine).
What else should I bring . . .
Snack money, we ask for a small donation of 20pence, any forms that you may have been asked to fill in. Any fees that may be due.
Lunch . . .
If your little one is staying for lunch club, then please put their lunch bag (with their name on it) in the basket by the coat rack. Lunch is booked in advance and is payable with the fees, this will be on the fee form. If you cant remember what days you have signed up for don’t worry as it will be on your term info form!
We ask that you avoid any nut products in lunch bags.
What do I do when we arrive . . .
Come through the gate and wait by the main door, one of us will let you in but not before 9am as we are getting ready!!!
Encourage your child to put their pennies (snack money) in the little house, then proceed to the back of the room where you will find a hook with your childs name on it, unless it is really torrential rain or hail we ALWAYS go outside after registration so no need to remove their coats. We do encourage children to start to recognise their own name, and be aware that the tags may be move around!!
You should then encourage your child into the book corner where the register will be taken. At this point you are thinking about leaving and your child will know it! Do expect tears and clinging on to your leg!!! You can make the decision to try and settle your child sit with them in the book corner if you wish and then leave. Or we are happy to take over and distract your child and encourage them to wave goodbye.
Whats next . . .
After a few hours of fun (not you, them) you will arrive to collect your loved one, we ask that parents wait by the main gate area. Mainly because the children can see you through the windows and at chair time we are usually having stories or songs and parents waving is a great distraction even if it isnt your mummy! The children take in turns to call the parents in, this is a great way of encouraging confidence so dont worry if your little one doesnt say anything the first few times.
We do encourage the children to remain seated at collection time so that we can avoid chaos of them running out the door. We like a nice orderly collection routine, their bags and towels, coats etc will be under their seats. As the children have their own peg you are encouraged to leave their bags and towels with us and collect them on the last day of their week. Alternatively you can take them home every time, we really dont mind!
And there you go first day over!!!!