Settling in Policy

Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre

Settling in Policy


It is the policy of Cuan Bhríde Childcare Centre that every effort is made to ensure that the settling in period is as easy and pleasant as possible for the children and their parents/carers.


  1. Each parent is provided with an information pack about the service before the child starts at the service.

  2. Each parent is encouraged to drop in to the service with their child before the child starts at the service, so the that the child can become familiar with the other children, staff and the day to day running of the service.

  3. On the first day the parent is encouraged to stay with the child until he or she feels comfortable in their new surroundings.

  4. Each parent is encouraged to spend as much time as necessary with the child during the settling period. There is no set time limit on the settling in period.

  5. No child will be pressurised to take part in any activity during the settling in period.

  6. To help staff build a relationship with the child, staff will discuss the child’s interests with parents, as well as their likes, dislikes and key words the child uses at home.

  7. Each parent will be given a daily account of the child’s progress during the settling in period in addition to the normal account to their child’s day.

Updated 12 September 2018