Hear from parents on their experiences and views of the nursery...
One Mum shares her different personal experiences with settling in her two daughters at Early Days before returning to work.
"Having had a child at Early Days, now in Class II, I had no hesitation in putting Daniella on the waiting list before I went on maternity leave."
"When my oldest daughter, Stephanie, started in Class I at Early Days she settled in very well, in fact so well I wondered what I had been worrying about. She was 7 months old so I was naturally anxious and had mixed emotions about returning to work and leaving her at nursery. But having had visits to the nursery beforehand, when my first day back at work actually came the drop off went smoothly. The nursery staff even called me a few minutes afterwards to re-assure me.
However, my second daughter, Daniella was a different character and to my surprise was clingy. Working alongside her keyworker, we took it step by step and tailored Daniella's settling in which for her meant more but shorter visits before starting full days at Early Days. I in turn managed my return to work around this.
If there’s a practical tip I could give to other Mum’s it would be to plan in your settling in sessions in advance to give you and your child time to get used to the new routine before starting work. You’ll feel more relaxed which, in turn, will rub off on your child”.
Sam, Mum to Daniella (8 months) and Stephanie (3 years), July 2014
What other parents say ...
“Early Days cater for the individual, nothing is it too much trouble. It’s a very warm and friendly environment with competent and professional staff.”
“Early Days nurture my child and provide a stable, fun and secure environment.”
“Allowing children to learn and develop without unnecessary rigid rules. There is great discipline but children can still be children and have fun at the same time. It is an excellent nursery.”
“I appreciate the flexibility at Early Days and that they work with parents to form routines.”
“Thank you for all your hard work and the attention my daughter gets. This is a fantastic nursery.”
“It is the whole package that is fantastic but also a sense of welcoming. They truly respect your child is unique and special.”