The first thing we consider is that every child is different, and we handle all situations differently depending on the child’s needs, also taking into account parent’s requests wherever possible.
Some children will settle in one week, others in a month and some children a little bit longer. However, we are confident that the children will eventually settle as our educators are trained to assist children transition into their new environment. The main aim during this transition period, is for the educators to get to know the children, building trusting relationships with each individual so they feel comfortable, safe and secure.
Some children may need a hug (from a trusted educator or a favourite toy), some children may want to hold an educators hand, while others just want some space, but always with an educator within proximity. Crying is a normal expression for children, as they are communicating their discomfort. We never discourage crying, but help the child find ways to cope with this change in their day.
We have an orientation process whereby we recommend families attend 2 x 1-hour play days. (please by all means, advise us if you would like more orientation days, we want you to be comfortable, as well as your child. Starting at an early learning centre is often stressful for parents as well as their child. We aim to work with the whole family to ensure everyone feels secure at Starfish.
We welcome phone calls throughout the day (as many as you need for your peace of mind). We can let you know how your child is doing, whether they’ve eaten, slept etc and if they are upset. If your child is particularly distressed and the educators are concerned, they will give you a call and let you know…it might be worthwhile keeping the first few days a bit shorter in this case.