Settling in Procedure

Day 1: 10 am – 11 am
We suggest that parents stay with their child and spend an hour together in the nursery setting. This will normally be enough for your child’s first day.

Day 2: 10 am – 11.30 am
Parents will be invited to accompany their child for one and a half hours in the Daycare. All being well, they will be encouraged to leave their child for half an hour during this time to see how well they manage on their own.

Day 3: 10 am – 12.15 pm
By day three the child may be ready to stay by him/herself for the whole of the morning session and be collected after lunch at 12.15 pm. Parents should not be concerned if this is not the case. Some children arrive on Day 1 as if they have been coming to the nursery for years but others will take a little longer to settle in. Staff should implement strategies to reassure parents e.g. calling them during the trial session.

Day 4: 10 am – 3 pm
We recommend that the child stay by him/herself until after sleep time.

Day 5: 10 am – 4 pm
We recommend that your child stays by him/herself until 4 pm.