This resource for beginning teachers of young children provides practical, sensitive, and diverse advice on getting children settled, mealtimes, toileting, and beginning and ending of sessions.

Settling New Children

Settling new children

Welcoming new children into the setting is an essential part of the practitioner's role. From organizing preliminary visits to handling separation anxiety, a well-managed start to children's early years experience can have an enormous influencen all aspects of their lives.

The chapter is divided into three sections:

Preliminary Visits

Preliminary visits give new children a taste of the setting, before they start on a permanent basis.

Dates and Timings

When planning your preliminary visits, the first step is to decide the following:

  • dates for the visits
  • how many to have
  • whether to choose mornings, afternoons or a combination of both.

Ideally, the visits should be as close to the child's starting date as possible. The more visits you can arrange, ...

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