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Starting Pre-school

Before a child starts at pre-school, you and your child are invited to attend an induction day. This gives your child a chance to join in the session activities and you an idea of our routine and to meet the staff who will be happy to answer any of your queries. 

It is important for parents/ carers and pre-school staff to work together to help the child to feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children than for others and parents/ carers should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle.  The pre-school's policy on settling is available for reference in the policies folders at pre-school.

What to wear

In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send children dressed in clothes which are easily washable or not too new.

It is good for children to practise the skills that will make them independent.  Simple clothing, which they can handle themselves, will enable them to go to the toilet when they want to and to put on and take off their outdoor clothes without being too dependent on other people's help.

Red and navy blue Sweatshirts and T-shirts in two sizes, and with the pre-school logo, are available for sale from pre-school.  However, please note that these are optional.


Children are required to change from their outdoor shoes into suitable indoor footwear (e.g. plimsolls which can be purchased for as little as £1.99) when they arrive at Pre-school.  Slippers and flip-flops will not be permitted as they are unsafe for some of our activities.  Footwear must be named to avoid any confusion.

One of the main reasons for this decision has to do with health and safety.  Children's shoes (particularly in the winter months) can be muddy, dirty, etc. These muddy shoes then go on mats, climbing equipment, in the home corner and obviously on the floor.  As the children spend a large amount of time playing on the equipment, it would be good to keep it as clean as possible.

Another reason is for personal, social and emotional development.  Changing from outdoor shoes into 'Pre-school shoes' can develop a sense of belonging, which will enable the child to feel safe and secure and in the Pre-school environment.  It can also help with independence as the children will eventually learn to change their shoes on their own.


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Mill Way, Needingworth, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 4TF, U.K.
Tel: +44 (0)1480 464201; +44 (0)7814 856446
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