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Returning to work
Many parents who use a nursery for the first time are making the decision to return to work. At Crocodile Rock Day Care we recognise how hard this can be and we will help support you and your child throughout their time spent with us
When it comes to providing the highest quality of day care we believe that working closely with parents makes life easier for you and your child
In partnership with you
Our aim is to work in close partnership with you to complement your approach to caring for your child, particularly when they’re learning new skills such as weaning, potty training, reading and writing. We know that the closer our team work in partnership with you, the more rewarding your child’s time with us will be.
There are no hard and fast rules to settling in at nursery — every child is different and we make sure that their specific needs are catered for.
We encourage all parents to take advantage of our settling in sessions where you and your child get the opportunity to familiarise yourselves with the nursery and the team who will be looking after you.
The time and number of these sessions can fit around your needs and can be arranged through discussion between you and the nursery manager.
Our teams are highly experienced at helping children settle in and quickly adapt to daily life with us.
We operate a open door policy where parents can ring, text, email at any time of the day and as many times as you feel you need to whilst your child is in our care to check on them and be reassured how they are settling.
To do this we:
* Ensure the whole process is an enjoyable experience.
* Develop a close relationship between the nursery team and your family and encourage you to play as active a role in nursery life as you would like to.
* Provide a Key Person for each child — an individual who will lead the settling in process, is focused on your child’s development and who is your main point of contact. The Key Person will learn your child’s preferences and any requirements so they feel at home as soon as possible.
* Quickly gain an understanding of your child’s personality, likes and dislikes and develop routines which allow them to undertake the experiences, activities, opportunities and games which they find most fun or stimulating.
In practical terms we suggest that your initial choice of nursery is made well in advance of the date of your return to work.
This is to help you feel confident in the choice of setting and to be assured of a space on the days and times that you and your child will need. Wherever possible we try to be flexible in meeting differing working patterns as we appreciate that modern work patterns continue to evolve. It is also important at this early stage to provide detailed information about your child’s needs, likes, dislikes, comforters, family words or anything else you think is significant to the nursery.
It’s the small details which are part of daily life for you (such as a family name, favourite comforter or specific toilet procedure), which when utilised by nursery team’s in your absence make a great deal of difference to your child, bringing comfort and familiarity.
Listening and sharing
We are always available for an informal drop-in and we’ll invite you to regular parents’ meetings to share news about your child’s progress and to share stories about their developing personalities.
Finding out about their day
At Crocodile Rock we know how important it is that you and the professionals caring for your child work together. You need to feel comfortable about exchanging information and discussing things that will benefit your child.
If you have younger children you will receive a ‘Our Day’ sheet at the end of each day, containing a brief summary of what your child has eaten, how long they have slept for and any other key moments of your child’s day that we think you’d like to know. With this you won’t miss out on anything important during their development and will be able to encourage further progress.
Regular opportunities for formal and informal discussions about your child and his or her progress are available. Your child’s “key person” is always available for a chat and your child’s Learning Journey is available for you to look at any time.
Open Door Policy
At any time of the day whilst your child is in our care you are more than welcome to, ring, text, e-mail to find out how your child is doing