Getting used to daycare and the group is an important part of building an emotionally safe environment. That is why, at CompaNanny, we dedicate time and attention to this. We want your child to feel comfortable as soon as possible and to enjoy being at CompaNanny. During the settling days we pay extra attention to new children by cuddling with them more frequent and providing more guidance when playing.
When your child comes to CompaNanny we start with a settling period. This is a three day period for your child to get use to daycare, feel safe and calmly. The first settling day is a short visit of about three hours. During this time, your child can cuddle with the Nannies and meet the other children in the group. There is also time to play in the playpen and have a sleep. During this first acclimatisation day you are welcome to stay with your child in the beginning. The second day lasts approximately five hours. On this day, your child can get to know the other children more and will have more opportunity to play independently. Finally, the third settling day is a ‘full day’: with multiple bottle feeds and sleep periods taking place. This is the day that your child will experience what it is like to be at CompaNanny all day long.During the settling days, we will naturally keep you informed via our Parent Portal. You will receive photos of your child in the group and a report of their day.
The transition from the baby, or pre-toddler group, to the toddler group takes place between the ages of 22 and 26 months. Naturally we will check whether your child is ready for the next group; some children are sooner ready than others. We often see this in the depth they add to their play, for example by consciously caring for a doll. But if your child is not yet ready for a new environment or challenge, we give them more time. Only when both the parents/guardians and the Nannies feel confident we make the next step to the toddler group.
When your child turns four, they enter a new phase in their life: primary school. If your child will also be coming to CompaNanny’s After-School Care, then we will do everything we can at this moment to ensure their emotional security. Which means we also apply the settling day system to our After-School Care service. And if your child was at one of our Nurseries, then our Nannies can help support the transition to school by contacting the primary school teacher to, for example, share their observations of your child.