How can you help your child enjoy the Playgroup?
A happy introduction to the Playgroup is most important. On the first morning, your child will probably feel shy and strange, so please be prepared to stay. Being there will give them confidence in their new surroundings and they may soon be happy to let you go home and leave them. Your child’s keyperson will help you decide when to leave.
At St. Mary’s Osterley we want our children and families to feel respected, happy and secure and settled. We believe that every child is unique and we strive to develop each child to their fullest potential.
A key part of this policy is ‘settling in’. with everyone becoming familiar with each other and the setting, to the child actually being left in the setting, away from the family, for the first time.
The setting will gauge that a child has settled for example: when they have formed a relationship with their key person and the expectations of parents, such as that the parents must say goodbye when they leave and explain that they are coming back.
In order to do this we will work in partnership with all our families so that we all contribute to the child’s learning and development and thinking is shared.