We offer an inclusive orientation program to assist your child to settle into the new environment following completion of your child’s enrolment. This process helps to develop the relationships with the educators in your child’s room before starting at the centre.
We encourage a minimum of two, two-hour orientation sessions at the service prior to your child’s commencement. Orientation sessions are free of charge and booked in a couple of weeks prior to your child’s commencement, with the sessions scheduled in the week prior to your child’s commencement date.
Transitioning into a new childcare environment can be a very exciting time, but also a little bit of a challenge for children and parents alike. How quickly your child settles in their new environment can depend on many factors, such as whether your child has been in care before, your child’s age and the type of interaction with other children and adults that your child has experienced prior to his or her enrolment at Town and Country. While it can sometimes feel like a highly emotional and stressful time in some instances, we want to reassure you that it does take some time, and perseverance really does pay off towards a very fun and rewarding experience each and every day. Here are some tips for a great morning drop off:
- Foster excitement in conversation with your child about coming to Town and Country
- Ensure you have packed your child’s labelled drink bottle, spare clothes, hat and comforter. These familiar items help make your child feel secure throughout the day.
- Create a drop off ritual. For example, read one story with your child in their room prior to leaving.
- Talk to an educator about your child’s needs. For example, they are particularly tired or out of sorts.
- Always say goodbye before you leave and let them you know that you will be back later.
- Don’t linger too long if you can avoid it.
- If your child is having a difficult time letting you leave, ask an educator for assistance – we will help your child to settle and make it easier for you to leave.
Useful information for families with children that are starting child care or kinder
(Please note – clicking on the links below will open a new page, taking you to the startingblocks.gov.au (source) website)
- Starting early childhood education and care is often a child’s first experience outside of their family environment. It can be an emotional time for everyone involved. This fact sheet offers tips on how families support their children during the settling in period.
- Illness in early learning services – It can be difficult for families to know when their child is sick enough to need to stay at home.
- The importance of play in children’s learning and development – this factsheet explains why learning through play is one of the most important ways children learn and develop.
- Supporting children during transitions – Tips to help families support their child if they are transitioning to a new group, room or service.
- Transition to school – Starting school is a major event in the lives of children and their families. Preparing children for this change sets them up for future successful learning and development, particularly if children have not had experience in an early education and care service. This fact sheet offers parents and carers tips on how to support children in their transition to school.