Settling in Policy

Statement of intent

Children develop in individual ways and at varying rates and that is why at Ladybird Pre-school we offer a settling in procedure that is flexible to meet those needs.

Friendships and relationships are an important part of children’s development. At Ladybird Pre-school every interaction is based on caring professional relationships and respectful acknowledgement of the feelings of children and their families.

We are aware that many factors will influence children’s and families sociability. They may feel tired, stressed, or trying to communicate in more than one language.

Children need to feel safe, stimulated and happy to develop and grow socially, emotionally and physically. They need to feel secure and comfortable with the practitioners at Ladybird Pre-school. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children’s well being and their role as active partners within the Pre-school. Children feel a sense of belonging in the setting when their parents are also involved in it.


We aim to make Ladybird Pre-school a warm welcoming environment where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families.


  • Before a child starts to attend the Pre-school, we use a variety of ways to provide the child’s parents/carers with information. These include written information (including our prospectus and policies), an invitation to visit the Pre-school for a tour of the premises and to attend part or whole of a session with their child.
  • Parents are provided with a ‘Learning Journey’ page to write down information regarding their child’s needs and special instruction to comfort the child should they become distressed. When a child starts to attend, we work with the child’s parents/carers to decide on the best way to help the child to settle into the Pre-school.
  • Your child is allocated a Key Worker before your child begins Ladybird Pre-school.  A Key Worker has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared for and building relationships with their parents. A Key Worker helps the child to become familiar with the setting and to feel confident and safe within it. See Your Child’s Keyworker link for more information.
  • A second Key Worker is provided for children so that when the main Key Worker is unavailable there is a familiar and trusted person who knows the child well.
  • Home visits are available and are beneficial to children who struggle to settle. This enables the child and Key Worker to form a positive relationship and get to know each other better.
  • Introductory visits can be arranged with the family to enable the child to become more familiar with the setting and practitioners while having the support of their parent /carer who stays with them.
  • Within the first few weeks of starting, we discuss the Early Years Foundation Stage and explain our record keeping system.