Care and

Settling in and attachment

John Bolwby (1907-1990), was a British psychologist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who is remembered most notably for his pioneering work in attachment theory.

According to attachment theory in infants, a child will form an attachment primarily with their main caregiver (often the mother) but can also form secondary attachments to other significant figures who feature in their child’s life, these ‘significant others’ could be relatives such as grandparents, aunts, or the child’s key person in the nursery setting. The role of the key person in providing a secure base is invaluable as she may represent a secondary attachment figure to a child in her care. As this attachment figure she can provide the child with an emotional base camp by being in a responsive emotional relationship with the child. This enables the child to feel safe enough to go off and explore on his or his/her own.

At Seymour House Day Nursery School we aim to support parents to help your child settle quickly and easily by giving consideration to your child’s individual needs and circumstances of each child and their families. Our aim is for children to feel safe, secure, stimulated and happy in the nursery environment. We also want parents to have confidence in both their child’s continued well-being and their role as active partners, with your child being able to benefit from what the nursery has to offer.

Our team of Early Years Educators and Early Years Teachers know the importance of building strong attachments with children. They are trained to recognise the different stages of attachment and use this knowledge to support children and families settling in to the nursery.

The nursery will work in partnership with parents to settle their child into the nursery environment by:

  • Allocating a key person to each child and their family before they start. The key person welcomes and looks after your child ensuring that their care and education needs are tailored before your child’s first day. The key person will offer a secure relationship for your child and builds a relationship with parents during the settling in period and throughout their time at nursery; to ensure the family has a familiar contact person to assist with the settling in process.
  • Providing parents with relevant information using the ‘welcome checklist’ as a guide.
  • Planning settling in visits which are offered flexibly to meet the individual needs of your child and family.
  • Recognising that settling in visits are key to a smooth transition and to ensure good communication and information sharing between the team and parents.
  • Assigning a second key person to each child in the event the Key Person is on leave. Parents will be made aware when this is the case.