If you’re thinking about finding a nursery for your child or children, you may have wondered why some nurseries do home visits. For us at Little Angels, it’s an easy question to answer.
We carry out home visits for children starting nursery as it makes it easier, more enjoyable and less stressful for your child to settle in when they join us.
We also sometimes find that parents and guardians themselves can be anxious about sending their child to nursery and that a home visit can reassure them and help them worry less about taking this step.
A Nursery Home Visit Helps Build Relationships
The team at Little Angels prides itself on being an extension of your family and we strive to build genuine, meaningful relationships with you. This helps us to better understand your parenting style and adapt the way we nurture your child and meet their individual needs whilst they’re in our care.
A nursery home visit is a big part of this as it helps both us and you form a partnership and establish trust from the very moment that you register your child with us. It also allows you and your child to meet with us in the place you feel most comfortable – your home
In Little Angels’ case, why nurseries do home visits is to provide your family with the opportunity to meet Azi Alamani, our owner and director, before your child joins us. This helps us and you to get to know one another and also share knowledge about your child.
For example, knowing whether they have siblings or pets, what they like and dislike, what they’re interested in, what foods they enjoy or refuse to eat!) – these all help us build a relationship with your child that allows us to support you in your role as their primary caregiver and educator.
The Benefits of Nursery Home Visits
One of the biggest benefits of home visits for children starting nursery is that your child will see a familiar face when they first join Little Angels.
Having said that, there are a number of other benefits, both for the parent or guardian, as well as for us and our staff.
– You have the chance to meet Azi, the owner of Little Angels, in the comfort of your own home.
– When your child first meets us at home, they are in a safe environment in which they feel confident. This creates a positive first contact.
– Knowing who they will spend their days with helps your child transition more easily to a nursery environment.
– We gain insight into your child’s home life which helps us understand them and see when and where they feel settled and in control.
– We are better able to understand, and address, any anxiety you or your child may have about starting nursery.
– You also get to talk about your child and their needs, or your hopes for their growth and learning.
How Do Home Visits for Children Starting Nursery Work?
At Little Angels we recommend a nursery home visit for each child before they join us. However, this is a free optional extra service and we understand that not all parents or guardians will be able to arrange an appointment.
We strongly believe that our home visits for children going to nursery are a unique part of our
settling in policy, so if you are able to take advantage of the service, we are more than happy to accommodate you.
Our nursery home visits are scheduled for a time and date that is both convenient for you and Azi. We also follow our Little Angels Code of Conduct which ensures that the home visit is both safe and professional, with a copy of this then being held on file.
You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire when you register your child for Little Angels in which you can express your views and feelings about the transition to nursery. We can then use this information to better support you and tailor our nursery home visit to you individually as a family.
Starting Your Child’s Journey with Little Angels
We hope that answered your question as to why nurseries do home visits, but if you’d like to know anything else about Little Angels before registering your baby or toddler at our Perkins Square nursery, we are always happy to oblige.
Download your copy of our brochure today and we hope to be a valuable part of your child’s journey through their early years very soon.