Separation anxiety is a normal and ordinary part of going to a nursery for the first time. This is due to the fact that children often have a strong attachment to their parents which is, of course, a healthy and natural reaction when a child is taken away from the important connection between them and their parents. Lockdown will have no doubt made these attachments even stronger, making this unfortunate side effect even more significant an issue. But with the consistent support that Natures Little Learners offer during settling in periods, a child will more than easily find their feet, and, soon enough, they will have the confidence to be running off to explore their own little world.
To address this issue, we must understand that every child is unique. Some may be absolutely fine, but suddenly become quite upset when arriving at the setting after a few sessions. This can be a result of gradually understanding that going to nursery means separation from their loved ones. Other children may be very upset on the first session, but quickly settle in with just a few visits as they slowly get used to the experience. Every child is different, but with positive parents and supportive practitioners, all of them can slowly settle in and learn to love their time at the nursery.
We believe providing children with a nurturing space and responding calmly to their emotions is of the utmost importance. At Nature’s Little Learners, each child is supported by caring and mindful practitioners during the transitionary stages from home to nursery. With the help of calming sensory experiences and soothing sounds, we have created comfortable, quiet places to help a child relax. There are also dozens of resources and objects that can completely capture a child’s imagination and provide a good distraction during those early days. Research has proven that being in outdoor spaces and allowing children to experience a representation of nature supports their emotional wellbeing, and in tandem with all of our other carefully crafted support measures, we will soon see positive results.
As a parent myself, I can fully appreciate how difficult it is to leave your child for those first few times. To help with this, we use our Baby’s Days system to communicate with parents throughout the settling in sessions, helping to provide you with the peace of mind that your children are comfortable, and always cared for.
Recent times have seen the implementation of robust procedures within nursery settings intended to limit the spread of infection, quite often resulting in parents not being able to meet keyworkers in person or have settling in sessions. To support parents and children during these times, whilst maintaining safe procedures, we have allocated a space within the setting. Here, parents can have an hour to meet their child’s key worker, letting them experience seeing their parents chat confidently to their key worker, and leaving a lasting impression on the children that will help them prepare for the transition ahead.
This session will also help each key worker to get to know each individual child and their own individual family. They’ll work hard to implement each family’s unique home life into the setting, to build special relationships and security, and to develop a strong bond that lets a child feel truly comfortable in the hands of the staff. Each key worker is responsible for their key child’s care routines, observations and development tracking. All of our practitioners are educated by observing the awe and wonder in children’s play – combining the beauty of home, nature, and, of course, the great outdoors.