Settling In

Reassurance and patience

Coming to nursery will often be your child’s first experience alone into the larger world outside the family and home. We recognise this can be a daunting time for both you and your child. All children are different – some may settle in very quickly, whilst others need a little more time. Reassurance and patience is given through a tailored transition period, ensuring the child’s emotional well-being is at the centre. Your child will be assigned a keyperson who will be responsible for ensuring that your introduction to nursery goes as smoothly as possible. We ask that you stay in the room with your child during the first few sessions, building up to gradually leaving the room for short periods of time. During this time, you will also be requested to provide all necessary information, such as contact telephone numbers, names of people who will collect your child on a regular basis, sleeping and feeding routines, food likes and dislikes and so on. Our aim is to ensure that children’s routines reflect where possible what they are used to doing at home. Time spent on settling in, is time well invested for your child’s security and confidence.

Quality Nursery Education

A high quality nursery education is much more than learning about colours, how to count and writing names. Early education is more focused on preparing children’s confidence, independence and social skills and stresses an approach for a broad preparation for life that goes beyond school-based curriculum. At Field View we believe that if children are empowered to believe in themselves, develop high self-esteem, learn to ‘have a go’ and learn from their mistakes, they will succeed in their future learning.
Babies and young children learn by doing things for themselves, by exploring and investigating, watching and listening, talking and discussing, creating and communicating – in other words – by ‘playing’. Play is children’s work.

Becoming Independent

Our environment is organised into areas of continuous provision that enables children to make choices, become independent and initiate their own learning. Planned adult-led experiences are organised daily with intended learning outcomes, often following on from the children’s interests. Children are encouraged to join in these activities to ensure they offered a balance of adult-led and child-initiated opportunities.

Outdoor Play

Sustained periods of play in a rich and stimulating outdoor environment offer a wide range of benefits for babies, toddlers and young children. Learning outside supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. It gives them contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons. Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness. Outdoor play is a key factor at Field View Day Nursery so children have free access throughout the day to the extensive outdoor play.

What will my Child need for Nursery?

  • To help us help your child develop their independence, we ask that you dress them in ‘easy’ to manage play clothes e.g. jogging bottoms, leggings.
  • Playing and being independent can be very messy so please send at least one lot of spare clothes.
  • Suitable outdoor clothing for weather conditions e.g. coat, hat, gloves.
  • Outdoor footwear e.g. wellies for use in our water and mud kitchen area.
  • If your child is in nappies, please provide enough for their day.
  • If your child has any form of comforters that they require at nap time.
  • If your baby is on formula or breast milk, please send sterilised bottles for the amount of feeds they will require during the day.
  • Please clearly name bags and any items of clothing that they are likely to take off.

'Hands-on’ Learning

In our nursery garden the children are involved in our ‘gardening club’ where we grow our own fruit and vegetables, free from pesticides and genetic modification. This enables the children to participate in ‘hands-on’ learning around lifecycles, where our food comes from, healthy living and how to care for living things. It is also a good way to encourage children to eat more of their ‘5-a-day’ and try different varieties.