Free Stay & Play Session

We want your child to be happy and feel secure at Pre-school and we want you to feel the same about leaving your child with us.  All children are different and there are no set rules when leaving them for the first time.  You know your child better than anyone else and we want you both to feel comfortable with any arrangements made when settling them into the group.  It is unusual for a child not to settle once their parents have gone; in our experience most children settle very quickly with some gentle reassurances.  If we have any concerns about your child we will always ring and discuss them with you, and we are, of course, always at the end of the phone if you would like to know how your child is enjoying their first sessions with us.  Between us we can overcome any difficulties.

Saying goodbye on your child's first day at Bowes Pre-school can be a very hard moment for both you and your child.  To try to make this easier for you we have our top tips:

* Share pictures of pre-school with your child before they start with us.  Looking at pictures of the Pre-school and of the adults who will be here will help to remind your child about where they will be coming and who they will be seeing.  There are photo's on our Website and Facebook page.

* When you arrive on your first day your child's key person will be waiting to greet you both.  They will be able to answer any questions that you may have and they may have a little bit of paperwork to do with you, finding out more about your child and ensuring that all you contact details are in order.  Making it clear that you are at ease with your child being with their key person will help them to form a close bond.

* If your child has a comforter at home, bring it to Pre-school with you.  This may be a blanket, a soft toy or a dummy.  Let your child's key person know they have it with them so we can find it if it is needed.

* When it's time to go, make sure to say goodbye to your child.  Never sneak out.  As tempting as it may be, leaving without saying goodbye to your child risks breaking their trust in you.

* Once you say goodbye, leave promptly.  A long farewell scene might only serve to reinforce a child's sense that pre-school is a bad place.

* Express your ease with leaving.  Some parents wave from outside the window or make a funny goodbye face.

* Don't linger. The longer you stay, the harder it is.  Let your child know that you'll be there to pick them up, and say 'see you later!' once they are engaged in an activity.  We always ask that you come back 10 minutes before the end of the session on your child's first day to ensure that you are the first parent through the door to greet your child.

* Be assured.  If your child becomes overly distressed or does not settle we will contact you and discuss what we do next.

* Remember we are always at the end of the phone.  You are always welcome to call us to see how your child is getting on.

We want you to have the opportunity to see for yourselves the fantastic facilities we have at Bowes Pre-school - which is why we are offering you a chance to bring your child along for a Free Stay and Play Session



  • All we request is that you give us a call on 01833 628052 so we can arrange a convenient time for your visit.









OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8.45am to 3.15pm
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