Your child & us settling in

Settling in

settling in

Saying goodbye to your child on the first day can be difficult for both the child and the parents. It can also be very hard to leave your child with people you've just met. However, it is important to realise that separation anxiety is a normal part of development and strategies can be adopted to make the process easier for your family.

At the Centre, we make every effort to make this separation as smooth as possible. Our small environment helps close relationships between staff, parents/guardians and children to develop quickly.

Parents are also encouraged to spend short periods of time at the centre with their children prior to commencing care and once enrolment has been finalised. This helps familiarise both children and families with the new environment, room routines and the staff. Although there are no set times or time limits for such visits, families wishing to do so are asked to let our staff know in advance.

Each child is allocated a qualified educator as their Primary Caregiver. This educator will be rostered on the day your child attends and will build a trusting relationship with families and your child. Vertical grouping of the Centre allows for siblings and family members to be together and not separated according to their age.

For children requiring full day care, parents/guardians can choose to leave them for short periods of time to begin with, gradually working up to a full day at child care.

You may find it useful to have conversations at home with your child/children highlighting the positive aspects of child care including making new friends and being involved in new activities. If you have any questions about settling in to child care, feel free to ask the staff in the room.