"Infants are very well cared for by their teachers in a calm and gentle environment. Teachers know infants well through close partnerships with parents. They are committed to responding to individual children's preferences in care routines and play. As a result, infants and teachers develop secure attachments".
Education Review Office – Little Buddies Learning Centre, 2017
Every child is unique and precious, and we understand and value every parent's trust who leaves their precious little child under our care. We are always available, call us or email if you want to know how your baby is doing during the day. Baby care is not the same as caring for toddlers or preschoolers as the needs of this age group are quite different.
As per experts the first five years of a child’s life are critical for development. Nurturing and responsive care for the child’s body and mind is the key to supporting healthy brain development. The experiences children have in these years help shape the adults they’ll become. At Little Buddies every one works together to fill the first five years of our children with nurturing care and positive learning experiences.
Babies have specific needs such as one-to-one responsive interactions, and individual requirements for sleeping and feeding. Our experienced teachers are aware of the early brain developments and how to stimulate them through appropriate activities and learning, to support children to achieve their full potential.
Making the choice to start your child in childcare is a huge decision and one that you need to be emotionally ready for in order for your child to settle. Here at Little Buddies Learning Centre we want to let you know that we are here to support you with the process of transition, we want your child to feel comfortable and nurtured with the teachers and the environment. Have a look at the information provided below, as this is a crucial time in your and your child's life.
It's important not to show your child any negative emotions you may be feeling about leaving them in childcare. Children can easily pick up on these feelings, which will make them apprehensive and anxious.
If this is the first time you and your child are separating, make the periods shorter initially and gradually increase it to longer sessions. At Little Buddies Learning Centre we offer two weeks of settling visits, make use of this time and slowly part up with your baby without giving them a quick separation anxiety. Our teachers will offer you extra support, if you are doing this for the first time.
It's important for you and your child to become comfortable with the routines and rituals of the centre, so you both know what to expect when you start. To ensure this we offer two weeks of settling visits and parents are welcome to spend some time in the room with their child. The child will benefit from your presence, and we would like you to become familiar with our routines. There is always a place for you, and a coffee or tea is available if you wish for time out to relax. This will also help you to get to know the teachers, and for you to feel more at ease about leaving your child with them.
During the settling visits to the centre, it's good to try and be really 'boring', your child wants to move away from you and explore their new surroundings. Be there emotionally for your child. They may need some encouragement and reassurance about starting, as they too will be feeling anxious and unsure about the huge change that is about to occur in their life.
Babies may take some time to settle into their new routines. You might try staying a little less time each day and setting up a pattern of saying goodbye: for example give two kisses, then go.
To the big children tell that you will be leaving them and will be coming back later. You could leave them something that belongs to you, to look after until you return. Talk about what they’ll be doing and the teachers who will look after them.
We are always available call us or email, feel free to phone the service after you have left, to be reassured that your child has settled.
If possible be regular in the times you arrive and go home – your child will feel more secure. If you are going to be unavoidably late, let us know so our teachers can talk to your child and reassure them.
Talk to the teachers about what upsets your child they will come up with strategies to re direct it or plan ahead before that situation happens and if you have any special comfort strategy for your child, it will be great if you provide it to the teachers.
Our friendly and experienced team of teachers are always willing to support you if you have
Once you have made the decision to leave, you must leave, and preferably quickly. Prolonging the process or returning when they are upset is only going to make things worse, as this confuses the child. Let our teachers know, so they can be ready to assist you through this process. It is perfectly natural for you to become emotional throughout the process, but please, if you are going to have leaky eyes, it's a good idea to wait till you are out of sight of your child (since you've already told them how happy you are that they are going to be in this new place!).
Take time out with your baby for play and cuddles after you get home. Make time to ask your child about their day. Share older children’s excitement about new friends and skills, and listen to any worries they might have.