Your child’s first day at preschool
Starting preschool for the first time is an important new experience for your child. Some children are happy for you to leave on the first day and others need a little more reassurance.
We encourage families to visit 2 or 3 times before starting to familiarise yourself and your child with the set up, routines and teachers.
We encourage you to stay with your child until they feel confident enough to stay on their own. This ranges from 10 mins to 2 weeks.
If settling into preschool is proving difficult, we suggest that you leave your child for short periods at first (1/2 hour to 1 hour) and increase the time span the next visit.
It is important that you leave quickly after saying goodbye as not to prolong the process for your child. The more often children come the quicker they will settle, try not to give into your child that says “I don’t want to go today.”
You are welcome to ring as often as you need to, to check on your child during their time with us.
And be assured if your child does not settle we will ring you!
Please supply your child with healthy snacks and lunch in a named lunchbox (on full days children need plenty of food for morning/afternoon tea and lunch)
We have a special area set aside for eating with lockers for storing their lunchboxes.
Children can choose when to eat when they want for morning and afternoon tea to prevent interrupting their play and learning, but for lunch we all come together and eat at tables with each other.
We consider a healthy lunch box to have some of the following:
Sandwiches Crackers Fresh fruit
Dried fruit and Cheese
Or any other food with the Heart Foundations red tick on it
Foods such as chips, twisties, lollies, chocolate, biscuits, donuts and other such foods will be sent home. Please do not bring them.
Mat times are a share group experience at the beginning and end of each day or session.
This is a time where we discuss the day, date and year, familiarising children with time and numbers. It is during this time that we discuss our current focus as well as focus letters and phonics. Children are welcome and encouraged to share news of their adventures or special events in their life. We however would appreciate that all toys are left at home and that their news is something we may not have seen or heard about in their life.
Tidy up time
All children here at preschool are encouraged and expected to participate in tip up times at the end of each session.
We love parents to help out at this particular time especially hanging up clothes in the family corner, wiping down tables, sweeping floors, and cleaning art pots.
We have an open door policy and you are more than welcome to spend time at preschool. We really appreciate parent helpers and acknowledge parents for their unique history, beliefs and insights in being their child’s first and foremost teacher. We always also have plenty of jobs to do at preschool such as filing children’s artwork, preparing collage materials, cutting up paper and helping children in general.
We love to celebrate your child’s birthday however due to the number of children’s with allergies we have a NO CAKE policy. You are more than welcome to bring in a bag of lollipops or small treats to share with the children at home time.
We do a lot of fun and fantastic messy and water play at preschool, so please provide your child with at least one change of clothes and expect them to use it! We encourage children to participate in all areas of the preschool so they do get wet, sandy and painted on at times. Children also need a plastic bag in their school bag for wet clothes please.
It is a great help to us if clothes are named so we can return them to you.
Children attending full days are expected to be fully toilet trained and if your child is attending a 3-hour session please put a clean nappy on before arriving at preschool and a spare one in their bag. We do not have a set change time (being only a 3 hr session) but will definitely change soiled nappies and check the children.