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.

Starting and Ending a Session

Starting and ending a session

Saying goodbye to Mum or Dad, sorting out pegs, coats and lunchboxes, the excitement of waiting to be collected… Arriving at the setting and going home time need careful handling if they are not to turn into emotional flashpoints.

The chapter is divided into three sections:

Starting the Session

Establishing routines, forward planning and preparation are the keys to a successful start.

Preparing Yourself

Before you open the doors, double-check your appearance. If you feel happy with how you look, you will come across as much more confident and approachable. Even if you are not feeling your best, try to smile and present a warm, positive front. Never underestimate your role in setting the tone for the ...

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