Register your interest with Shefford

We recognise that each child, parent, and nursery relationship is unique, and we use our experience to support everyone in making that transition into nursery life as smooth as possible.

Gradual steps – your first sessions

Your child will then be invited to 2 FREE settling in sessions within the nursery that will be organised as follows:

Settling in sessions

Session 1

You will be met by your child’s key worker who will bring you into the nursery where your child will have the opportunity to access a variety of play activities and meet their peers while you talk with the key worker about your child’s development and rotines and fill out some paperwork. This session will be around 1 hour.

Session 2

The second settling in session will be for 2 hours from 9.30am – 11.30am or 2.30pm – 4.30pm where you will drop your child off and leave them to join in the activities with their peers and participate in snack if they wish.

Strong relationships – Your Key Person

“I’d just say a big thank you to management and all the staff for helping my son to settle in- you are all fantastic and it has made it so reassuring for me to leave him knowing he is being so well looked after.”

Our experience has shown that having a Key Person for your child is the most effective way of ensuring that children develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the nursery, giving every child the reassurance to feel secure, familiar, and confident in the nursery environment.

At Shefford your child’s Key person will:

  • Be assigned to your child on their first settling-in session, getting to know the child and family well in order to form strong relationships to support emotional needs.
  • Be with your child at every settling-in session in order to make the handover as smooth as possible, providing essential consistency for you and your child.
  • Ensure they have all of the information about your child and share this with other staff so that your child’s individual needs are cared for throughout each and every day.
  • Although we initially assign a key worker, if your child than naturally bonds more with another member of staff we will change their key worker where possible
  • Complete observations on your child via our online learning jouranl and upload photographs of your child during their play

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