Home visit
The week before you child is due to start pre-school you will be offered a home visit. This is an opportunity for you and your child to meet the practitioner who is going to be your child’s key worker and the manager or deputy manager of the pre-school in familiar surroundings and ask them any questions you may have. The visit will take approximately 1 hour and is very informal. The practitioners will bring with them toys, books or games from the setting for you child to play with. Children who have received a home visit before starting at the setting usually find it easier to settle and are less stressed.

Starting pre-school
The pre-school is open to every family in the community. Once your child starts pre-school you are welcome to remain with your child until you are happy that he/she is settled. It is important that parents/carers and pre-school staff work together to help the child feel confident and secure in the setting. 
You will be asked to provide certain statutory information about your child (you will find these in your Welcome Pack) and these should be brought with you to the first session.

What to wear
In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send children in clothes that are easy to wash and not too new. Please could you supply a spare set of clothes at each session in case your child needs to be changed plus a pair of indoor shoes?
Pre-school sweatshirts, T-shirts, cardigans and fleeces can be bought from Tesco - http://231566.schoople.com/uniform


The children have free-flow access to our garden area and need to be dressed appropriately for the conditions outside. This will enable them to play outside whatever the weather e.g. wellies if it’s wet, coat, hat and gloves for the cold weather and sun cream and sun hats in the summer.
Easy to fasten clothing will encourage independence when going to the toilet.
All items of clothing need to be clearly named.

Nappies and toilet training
Children who wear nappies are welcome at North Duffield Under Fives.
Soiled nappies will be changed immediately, whenever possible by the child’s key person.  However, you will need to supply your own nappies, wipes and bags.
When you feel your child is ready for toilet training, please discuss with your child’s key person their requirements and needs.

Illness
Please do not send your child to pre-school if they are ill, this will minimise the risk of infecting other children and staff. Children need to be kept at home for 48 hours after an episode of sickness or diarrhoea.  Pre-school staff need to be informed as soon as possible if a child has been ill or has had head lice. In the case of head lice, treatment must be given before returning to pre-school. Full guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings provided by the Health Protection Agency can be found on the lobby door.

Snacks
Healthy snacks are available from 8.30 to 11.30am.  A drink of either milk or water and a healthy snack is available for the children to access independently and in their own time, help will be available for those who need it.  Any medical, cultural and dietary requirements will be met.