SETTLING IN – THE FIRST FEW DAYS

Many children have attended a children’s service prior to commencing Kindergarten and we find that fewer children have any anxiety about settling in.  If your child is happy for you to leave at the beginning of the first session, then by all means do so. However, every child is different and some will need time to adjust.  Your child may need some extra patience and understanding as he/she becomes accustomed to all the new faces and new surroundings.  In this case, you are very welcome to spend time during the session to reassure your child.

Helpful advice:-

●We encourage you to never leave without saying goodbye regardless of how your child reacts. 

●Always tell your child that you are going and when you will be back.

●Reassure your child that you will return and let him/her know what you will be doing whilst you are gone.

Do not worry if you child does not want to talk much about Kindergarten – they usually take a while to absorb all that has happened.

 

STAGGERED INTAKE

At the beginning of the year, the children will be introduced into the Kindergarten gradually.  This enables educators to get to know each child and to help the children to settle into their new environment.  Children will attend sessions in smaller groups during the first few weeks.  Families will be given a timetable for these first few weeks during your interview at the beginning of the year.

 

DELIVERY AND COLLECTION OF CHILDREN

All parents/guardians MUST sign their child in and out of the Kindergarten and enter the EXACT time of arrival and departure in the attendance book each day.  Parents also need to record the name of the person who will be picking up the child.  WE ASK THAT YOU ADHERE CLOSELY TO PICK UP TIMES.                                        

 

 EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

These are the people that you name as your contact people for an emergency. They need to know if your child is required to be collected, in the event of an Educator being unable to contact either parent, that we expect them to come as soon as possible.  If your mobile/telephone numbers change during the year, you will need to notify an Educator.

 

PREPARATION TIMES

Each teacher has scheduled non teaching and preparation times each week.  Dianne’s times are all day Wednesdays and Friday morning.  Sarah’s times are  Tuesday and Thursday's.  During these times, we attend to such matters as teacher meetings, administrative work, Kindergarten shopping, ordering supplies, preparing notices, planning the Kindergarten program and preparing materials in readiness for sessions. 

If you would like to discuss any aspects of your child’s progress at Kindergarten, we will be happy to arrange a time to meet with you during these times.