Welcome Mount Pleasant Nursery. We are delighted that you have chosen to start your child's journey with us and we are excited to welcome you and your family in September.
During these uncertain times, we do not know when we may re-open and so we are anticipating that our induction process will need to be different this year. This page will soon fill up with content to support you and your child with the Nursery Induction process. If we are not able to bring you in to school in June/July for the usual face-to-face induction experiences, taster sessions etc, we will do our best to ensure that you receive the best possible experience to prepare you and your child for the exciting adventure ahead.
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Here is some important information to help your child get the best start with us.
Preparation Tips Before Nursery Starts
- Read books. Spend time reading books about preschool, such as "Maisy Goes to Preschool" by Lucy Cousins, "Llama Llama Misses Mama" by Anna Dewdney, "Little School" by Beth Norling, or "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn.
- Act it out. Use your child's penchant for pretend play to prepare them for Nursery. Pretend that you're going to school, hanging up your backpack, and sitting down for group time. Play games, read stories, and make a simple snack. Teach your child a few basic social skills. Talk about how to get someone's attention, take turns, or join in play. Use puppets to role play.
- Work on self-help skills. Going to preschool marks a big developmental leap for your child and independence will become a larger focus. Help your toddler master self-help skills like washing her hands, using the toilet, putting shoes and socks on, and using utensils at the table.
- Express and acknowledge feelings. Beginning Nursery is an exciting adventure, but it's normal for both of you to have feelings of anxiety. To help your child deal with the change anxiety, allow your child to express those feelings. Listen closely and acknowledge your child's fears. At the same time, acknowledge to yourself your own feelings of ambivalence. You might also notice changes in your child's behavior as he works through his feelings. Children often regress in one area as they make developmental growth in another. Children sometimes regress in toilet training or become less independent. With nurturing support, these behavior changes are only temporary.
- Shift your schedule. As your child experiences their first few weeks of Nursery, gradually make any necessary changes in your routines. Work to create a calm, peaceful environment at home. Limit media. Enjoy family meals together and make sure your child goes to bed at a reasonable hour. Offer a healthy breakfast and spend time outdoors. Developing consistent, predictable routines a few weeks before Nursery starts will make the transition much smoother.