Starting at Snowy's
We want your child to feel happy and safe at Snowy’s with us, and our friendly, caring and well-trained staff will do everything they can to make your child quickly feel at home. As part of our settling in process, we will meet your child and you before they start, to get to know your child and family before we care for him/her.
Before your child starts
We will arrange a time for you and your child to come in to Snowy’s shortly before their start date. Please do bring your child with you for this meeting, so that they can join in with the session for 30 minutes or so. This gives us the opportunity to get to know you and your child, and also means that on your child’s first day they will already recognise our classrooms and see familiar faces.
During this initial meeting you will meet your child’s Key Person, who will be responsible for helping them through their early days at Snowy’s. They will go through your documentation with you; in particular, your child’s “All About Me” booklet, which helps us quickly learn about their likes and dislikes, favourite activities and the important people in their life, amongst many other things.
The first time your child separates from you can be an unsettling experience – for you as well as your child. At Snowy’s, our sympathetic, well-trained and experienced staff can help to make the process as smooth as possible. The settling in period is rarely as difficult as you imagine it to be and children quickly learn that Snowy’s is a happy, friendly place to be.
Staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into Snowy’s as easily as possible. We welcome and will accommodate any individual requirements upon settling in, and you may stay with your child for as long as you wish until you feel that your child is settled. Some children may settle almost immediately, others may require several sessions before they are comfortable being left, and we are happy to work with you to ensure the best approach for your child.
The first day
On your child’s first day, please bring with you:
All parents and children should wait by the Snowy’s entrance until the session is about to begin (8.45am for the morning session, or 12.15pm for the afternoon session). Once a member of staff opens the main gates, parents should take their children to their classroom.