How will Country Mice prepare and support my child to join the setting or transfer to a new setting? 

Working with the Group Leader…

We will assign a key person before your child joins us for his/her settling in sessions.

We also offer 2 settling in sessions -or more- where you can stay for part of the session, and offer a flexible settling in period, if your child is having difficulties settling in.

This also gives us the chance to get to know you and your family, and provides the opportunity for you to share with us details of your child’s needs and the involvement of other agencies, and agree with you a consistent approach to ensure the continuity of care for your child. This can also be done in a meeting before your child starts if you prefer.

More importantly for your child…

Your child will have their picture  cards, apple, monkey on the tree and named drawer for belonging and a welcoming celebration by all peers…

Working with professionals…

We will meet with other professionals, Team around Child or Multi-Disciplinary meeting e.g. health care professionals to put in place transition planning/health care plan, or to seek relevant training before your child starts.

If your child should attend another setting whilst with us or leave to go to another setting we would invite your child’s new key person/teacher and SENCO to attend sessions with your child to help them become familiar with them and to discuss your child’s strengths and needs.

Meeting for smooth transition…

We will hold a transition meeting at your convenience, to plan transition for your child into their new setting or school, giving the new setting time to make necessary plans for any changes they may need to make, sharing targets on your child’s individual plan and one page profile and minutes of review meetings along with any other information that may be relevant to your child.

Further possibilities…

It may also be possible to arrange for your child’s key person to attend settling in sessions at your child’s new setting with them, to help promote a smooth transition.

And of course all the paperwork…

All necessary documentation will be passed onto the receiving setting/school.