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Nursery School

Before Your Child Starts

At Earlham Nursery School we are aware that a child's first experience of Nursery is a huge step in their lives. Therefore we do everything we can to make sure that it is a happy experience for them that will give them a positive attitude towards school for the future!



Once you have applied and been offered a place at our Nursery, we will be in touch with you to arrange a homevisit. This will involve two members of staff visiting you and your child at home. One member of staff will go through all of the paperwork which needs to completed, while the other will play with and get to know your child. Being in a safe and familiar environment is the best way for your child to get to know the nursery staff before they come to nursery.








Settling-in sessions

After the homevisit you will be invited to a one hour initial visit to your child's class. At this visit you will stay with your child as they have a play, getting to know the environment, the children and the adults.

From there your child will gradually increase the time that they stay for until they are ready to attend the full session by themselves.










Every child is unique: while most children are quickly ready to attend for full sessions by themselves, some need a little more time and support until they are comfortable. We are very flexible with our transition process, and will work with you and your child to work out the best way to support them. This will usually involve shorter sessions or special arrangements as your child arrives at nursery.



To keep you and our staff safe from the risk of coronavirus, we have had to make some changes to our settling in process. We will no longer be able to carry out homevisits: instead you will be invited to the Nursery for a private meeting to complete paperwork and meet the staff in your child's class. 

You will not be able to stay with your child for their first settling-in session. However we have put into place other processes to make the transition easier for your child, which will be discussed at your meeting.