Preparing to start with us here at Busikids

First of all, once you have secured your place, we will contact you a few weeks before your child is due to start attending to arrange settling in visits. We offer a minimum of two, one hour, visits and are happy to offer further visits as necessary to help with settling in.

For the first visit we expect the parent/s to attend with their child to enable them to have a chat with their key worker to discuss all those little things that are so important in their child's day, from normal routines to their likes and dislikes, any ailments or allergies and any other relevant issues, this also shows your child that we are all friends and that this is a lovely safe environment.

On the second visit we expect parents to leave their child in our care, for up to an hour, to play and familiarise themselves with their play area, key worker and other staff.

If possible we ask the visits are not around the child’s sleep or meal times, as it will make it easier for the child to settle if they are well fed and rested.

If two visits are felt to be sufficient the child will start attending regularly shortly after the last visit, otherwise further visits will be arranged to ensure both the child and parents are comfortable.

We are more than happy for parents to telephone through the day for their reassurance, at any time, we can also send pictures of your little one via the EY App.

Your first day at Busikids

For your child’s first day at nursery you may need: a supply of nappies, wipes and any nappy creams used. You can bring this in on your child’s visits, or on their first day.

Any milk or formula, they may be having that is different from ours, will need to be labelled, dated and in a sealed container.

All the items below will also be required, along with any clean, labelled comforters.


Simple clothing children can manage themselves enables children to gain their independence and confidence more easily and to enable them to put on and take off their outdoor clothes as independently as possible.

Many of the activities we provide are “messy” and although aprons are worn accidents still happen.

We therefore ask that children are ‘dressed for mess’ rather than in their ‘best’ clothes.

We ask you to provide at least one full change of clothes every day (more if they are potty training).

Weather appropriate clothes are a necessity please.

During the summer months we also ask for sun hat and (Busikids will supply Nivea sun cream, SPF 50), and during the winter month’s boots, scarf, coats, hat and gloves.

It is important to be positive when leaving your child. Anxieties you may be feeling may be detected by your child which will not aid settling in.

The nursery team work hard to be aware of problems a parent and child can experience during initial separation and are here to help you through this period. To make the transition between nursery and home easier during the first few weeks at nursery we would ask you to arrive at the nursery with enough time to give staff a hand over with details of your child’s current well-being and behaviour.

Supporting transitions in the nursery

Busikids support all children in the nursery with any transitions they may be encountering. If the transition is due to occur within the nursery, for example moving to a new room, Busikids staff fully support each child through this process in the following ways:

  • When each child is due to move play area, decided by their age and stage of readiness, we work with parents to ensure this move is a seamless process in which the child is fully supported.
  • Parents are introduced to their next key worker and staff team prior to the first visit and given a room booklet with details of the staff who care for the children here.
  • Each child will spend short sessions in their new room before they move permanently, this enables them to feel comfortable within their new surroundings and with their new friends.
  • The child’s key worker will accompany the children on these initial visits to enable a familiar person to be present, especially if the child is unsettled.
  • Wherever possible groups of friends will be moved into key worker groups at similar times to enable these friendships to be kept intact and support the children with the peers they know.
  • Parents will be kept informed of all visits and the outcomes of these sessions during handovers through photographs, discussions or learning journal entries.
  • The current key worker will have a hand-over with the next key worker, to inform them of the child’s likes/dislikes, favourite activities, stage of development and routine, in order that the child may settle more quickly.
  • If a child requires extra support after having ‘taster’ sessions, this will be discussed between the key workers, parents, manager and room supervisor, and a settling in plan formulated.
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