We take babies from 6 months old, and begin their settling process into the next room at 15 months.
From 16 months, toddlers have 7 months until they begin their transition into Kindergarten.
Our 2 year old’s spend a year growing in the Kindergarten room before making their final transition into our Pre-School.
Our Pre-School children stay with us from their third birthday up until they are ready for school.
How does the transition process work?
Strong relationship’s between parents and educators form a foundation for which positive transitions occur. At Garden House Nursery, we ensure our educators have an open dialogue with parents to share information, provide opportunities to extend ideas, and provide educational experiences. A positive transition process helps parents to feel valued, builds solid relationships between parents and educators, and provides a visible re-assurance to children witnessing conversations between carers on a day-to-day basis. In addition to parent relationships, inner team handovers are also important for the creation of new attachments and for the continuation of planning and development. We provide detailed handovers between team members and provide plenty of time for children to develop strong new attachments before making big room transitions.
Having enabling environments that promote shared en devour can help build new friendships that might promote a sense of security after a transition. A sense of familiarity in routine and environment can help provide a feeling of safety; in addition being in a homely stable environment will give them a sense of belonging.
The main thing to remember is that a transition is a process, not an event. Children’s well-being is of paramount importance, and we there are no time constraints to how long a transition should be.
Key Person Approach
We believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to, who knows them and their family well, and who can meet their unique individual needs. Research shows that a key person approach benefits the child, the parents/carers, the team and the setting by providing secure relationships in which children thrive, parents/carers have confidence, team members are committed and the setting is a happy and dedicated place to attend or work in.
At Garden House Nursery Schools our key aim is to want children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in the setting and to feel secure and comfortable with practitioners. We also want parents/carers to have confidence in both their children’s well-being and their role as active partners with the setting.
We aim to make the setting a welcoming place where children settle confidently and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families. Our aim will be to make the nursery a home from home for any child and family.