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We aim for children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in Tiny Steps and to feel secure and comfortable with all staff. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children’s well-being and their role as active partners, with the child being able to benefit from what Tiny Steps has to offer.

We aim to support parents and other carers to help their children settle quickly and easily by giving consideration to the individual needs and circumstances of each child and their families. Tiny Steps staff will work in partnership with parents to settle their child into the environment by:

  • Providing parents with relevant information regarding the policies and procedures of Tiny Steps before they start.
  • Encouraging the parents and children to visit Tiny Steps during the weeks before an admission is planned (where possible).
  • Planning a home visit to begin to build a positive and strong relationship with the child from the very first step.
  • Planning STEPS sessions (sharing together every playful step). These will be provided free of charge over a one or two week period dependent on individual needs, age and stage of development. The key person will provide more details on this.
  • Welcoming parents to stay with their child during the first few weeks until the child feels settled and the parents feel comfortable about leaving their child. STEPS visits are key to a smooth transition and to ensure good communication and information sharing between staff and parents.
  • Reassuring parents whose children seem to be taking a long time settling into Tiny Steps.
  • Encouraging parents, where appropriate, to separate themselves from their children for brief periods at first, gradually building up to longer absences.
  • Allocating a key person to each child and his/her family, before he/she starts to attend. The key person welcomes and looks after the child and his/her parents during the settling in period, and throughout his/her time at the nursery, to ensure the family has a familiar contact person to assist with the settling in process.
  • Reviewing the nominated key person if the child is bonding with another member of staff to ensure the child’s needs are supported.
  • Respecting the circumstances of all families, including those who are unable to stay for long periods of time in the nursery and reassure them of their child’s progress towards settling in.


You can download a copy of our No Tears Policy here