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Starting your special journey with us at Herstmonceux Pre School

Settling In


Most parents visit the setting before their child starts with us, we will observe the child and see if the child shows any attachment towards a specific member of staff. Ideally we want the child to choose their ‘key’ person. We will explain to parents/carers the ‘settling in’ procedure, we recognise that every child is unique and consequently there are no hard and fast rules regarding settling in - we tailor make this period to best meet each child’s needs.  




Pre School Family


In addition, we encourage children to help look after each other where possible; we encourage the older children to become a ‘best buddy’ to the younger/new children by sharing a game with them, showing them toys and other experiences they can enjoy. This in turn gives these children extra confidence and sense of belonging and worth.


Over the years we have tried and tested many strategies to support and provide for a smooth, calm transition, to ease the ‘settling in’ process for each child from their home into our setting. Our policy recognises that every child is different and we are committed and strive to improve our service and adapt our procedure to best suit their unique needs – being inventive, and keeping up to date with current research about young childrens emotional intelligence.

Useful Parent Information

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"My daughter has been attending HPS since she was 2 and a half and from the moment she started, the staff have been nothing but warm, welcoming and incredibly enthusiastic about what they do.  Every activity is carefully thought out to capture the imaginations of the children and communication between staff and parents is fantastic; we have so many special moments and pictures captured in Olivia's folder that we will be able to keep and treasure when she leaves.  We cannot recommend HPS enough!"

                       Annie Head - parent

Home Visit


We will arrange a home visit where the child’s key person and deputy or manager will come along with;


  • ‘Flopsy’ our toy rabbit

  • photographic account of the building

  • some of the routine activities

  • information about what we do at Pre School

  • specific key information relating to the Registration and contract with the setting

  • information about the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

  • samples of our policies and procedures


During our visit we will explain all about the Pre Schools daily routine, the types of activities, food and drink offered to the children and the key person system we have in place. We find that home visits provide an ideal opportunity for parents/carers to talk about their children, their likes, dislikes, particular interests and types of play that engages them, all in the comfort of their home surroundings. A photograph of the child and Flopsy is taken and this is printed and put into their own special folder, to look at with staff when they start.


By visiting children in their homes and reading the All about Me forms parents/carers kindly complete for us, we are able to provide specific resources, experiences for the child to enjoy on their first session at our Pre School. We have identified that by providing this level of support for children during the transition period it certainly helps them to build up their self confidence – playing with familiar resources and experiences that are meeting their current level of interest.

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