Settling Children In

Starting at an early childhood centre maybe a huge change in a child’s day-to-day routine.  It can be very unsettling and often children do not understand why they are feeling anxious and may not be unable to tell us.

Parents may also find it hard adjusting to their child’s new situation.  We want to help make this adjustment as easy as possible for both the child and the parent.

We ensure that at least one staff member greets your child and creates a relationship with your child and the family.

Here are some ways in which you can help your child and us.

  • We recommend that you and your child visit the Centre several times prior to starting, this allows the child to become familiar with the surroundings.
  • Try to stay for a little while at first, it helps if you participate and play with your child with the toys and equipment, this gives a clear signal that this is a fun place to be.
  • When it is time to leave give kisses and hugs and say goodbye, don’t delay your departure.  Children respond best when you leave them happy, quickly and you make a statement like: “I’m going now.  I will be back and you can tell me all the fun things you have done today”.
  • Never sneak out without saying goodbye.  This will tell them not to trust you and they will cling harder the next day.


Each child settles in differently and tears are common.  Teachers will provide comfort and support.

Remember you are welcome to call any time during the day to see how your wee one is getting on.