- January 29, 2015
As we come to the end of January (already!), the new children are settling in to Murray House with the help of cuddles, reassuring words and a family photo.
Educator Dalia, from Murray House Infants’ room, says that while the children are settling really well, there are still times when it can all become a little overwhelming, and a few tears are shed. At these times lots of cuddles and reassuring words comfort the children, and each child can also hold and look at a framed photo of their family that was taken during an earlier orientation visit to the centre. Having access to a photo of familiar family members helps to calm children who are experiencing separation anxiety, which is anormal part of starting child care.
Murray House also has an ‘open door policy’, meaning that parents are welcome to come in and spend time at the centre with their child. This helps new parents to become familiar and comfortable with the space their child will be in, and they can also use these visits to talk with the educators about their child’s individual routines, interests and needs.
As well as new children and parents, Murray House Infants also has a new staff member, early childhood teacher Sandya. Like the new families, Sandya, who started in the centre at the beginning of January, is very appreciative of the centre’s warm and welcoming atmosphere. She says that it has been enjoyable getting to know her new colleagues, children and families over the past three busy weeks, and that it’s nice to be part of the settling in process with children and parents from the very beginning.
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