Starting Nursery

Starting Nursery
To arrange a visit to view the nursery with your child, please contact the nursery directly, or to register for a place complete our Registration Form and hand this into the nursery.

Home visit
Once you have registered for a place at the nursery, a member of the nursery team will arrange to visit you and your child at home to find out more about your child’s needs so that we ensure we provide appropriate support and activities and to answer any questions you may have.

Settling visit
To support a smooth transition to nursery, FSN offers the opportunity for settling visits where you will meet your child’s keyperson and the nursery team and find out about activities and the routine of the nursery day. You can stay with your child, or leave them for a short period so that they get used to being in the nursery whilst also knowing you will be returning. The visits give us an opportunity to complete all of the necessary documentation to ensure the safety of your child.

Your first day at nursery
We ask that all children are supplied with the following as appropriate for their age and stage of development:-

 

A named bag containing:
  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Appropriate clothing (sun hat, wellington boots)
  • A change of clothing
  • A coat/jacket/cardigan
  • A healthy packed lunch – we ask that you do not send in any nut products (peanut butter etc.) to avoid risks for children with nut allergies

The nursery will provide milk, water and snacks daily.


We aim to keep the children clean and provide aprons, but we ask that you do not send your child to nursery in their ‘best’ clothes as we offer messy play daily such as art, gardening, and outdoor mud play.

 

SuccessES


"Everyone was kind and never judged everyone"
"Sometimes I find it hard to control my feelings, actions, but I understand this now"
"It was fun and creative"
"I have got more friends now since starting the group"
"I learned that you should share your feelings"

- My Time Too children's comments

"I started to volunteer with FSN in the Health and Wellbeing Hub in July 2018. In September I started a Level 3 course at FSN through another of their projects and I am also looking into doing a degree in psychology next year. Once I complete the degree I hope to start a new career path and help others and work towards removing the barriers to mental health. The course started me on this new path and changed my life!"

- Wellbeing Hubs volunteer

2148 children and young people aged between 5 and 18 have been supported by Dragonflies since 2006, including:
463 who have lost their father
223 who have lost their mother
186 who have lost their sibling
616 who have lost their grandparent
353 who have lost a close significant relative or friend
293 who have experienced multiple deaths in the family
14 who have experienced pre-bereavement
and of these children 139 have lost someone through suicide

- Dragonflies Bereavement Project

I do feel that safeguarding and wellbeing of the children is fully prioritised and staff go to great lengths to support families and children. The Nursery demonstrates empathy and works hard to ensure fairness for families/children here. Really stands out as 'safe space' for children.

- Health Visitor - St. Nick's Nursery

It was really nice to meet other families In our group, in the same situation as us, "I was terrified to start with but it was an extremely fun day"
"My little girl has really benefitted from being with other young people in similar situations. She knows she is not alone and it's ok to be sad and angry. She talks about Nanna now a lot more"
"Dragonflies has made an invaluable difference to my son, I think he was in a dark place and Dragonflies has let the light shine for him again

- Dragonflies parent/carer comments