By Stephanie Shimmin
This source for starting academics of little ones presents functional, delicate, and various recommendation on getting little ones settled, mealtimes, toileting, and starting and finishing of periods.
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The delayed reaction A delayed reaction to starting in the setting is a surprisingly common event. Typically, a child settles quite happily and then seems to realize, about two weeks later, that ‘this is for real’. QXD 21/8/06 3:46 pm Page 24 EVERY DAY A GOOD DAY Strategies ■ Be prepared for the delayed reaction. Remember that it is quite normal and that the child will settle again in the end. ■ The delayed reaction can take many different forms. Use whichever strategies seem appropriate, just as you would have done had the child reacted with anger, anxiety or withdrawal during the first few days.
It can be difficult for parents to accept that the grumpy or anxious three year old they brought to nursery went on to have a happy and productive morning, once they had settled. If you can provide a reassuring routine and create a welcoming atmosphere, parents will at least go away feeling that their child is in good hands. Try to ensure that every child and their parent are greeted as they arrive. Dropping-off time is a useful opportunity to communicate with the parent and gather any information that they may be willing to pass on; for example, is the child excited about a special event happening later in the day?
Remind children where to put boots, lunchboxes, items from home and anything else they might have brought with them. ■ If a child has had a long journey or has difficulties with the toilet, encourage them to go once they have taken off their coat. ■ Some practitioners find it useful to have a point at which both they and the parent are clear that the setting has now taken over responsibility for the child. Encouraging the child to say a proper ‘goodbye’ to their parent makes a good marker. Asking parents to sign the Parents register (see page 56) also provides written documentation that the parent has delivered their child and the setting is now responsible for that child.