Childcare Office

Children Settling In Policy

All children are unique and the amount of time that a child takes to settle into Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playscheme (CUHP) can vary enormously. Therefore, children will be given time to settle in at their own pace, so as to make them feel welcome, safe and confident in a new environment.

Children new to the Playscheme will be greeted in a warm and friendly manner. They will be introduced to all the Playworkers and told about any other regular visitors to the Playscheme.

Children will be informed about the Playschemes routines and the programme of activities. They will be shown around the Playscheme and told where they can and cannot go.

Ground rules will be explained to the child and they will be encouraged to ask questions and raise any concerns. The child will be told about the fire evacuation procedure and shown the locations of fire exits, according to the provisions of the Fire safety and fire risk assessment.

Parents are offered the opportunity to stay with their child if this helps them to settle.

On their first day, children will be introduced to the other children at the Playscheme. The child may be allocated a ‘buddy’ who, under the supervision of a member of Playwork staff, will show them around the Playscheme and introduce them to the other children. The child will then be encouraged to get to know the other children and settle into the group.

Where appropriate, a new child will be assigned a Key-Worker who will ensure that the child feels included in play and activities and that their needs are being met.

All Playworkers will supervise new children to ensure that they are happy in their new surroundings. The appropriate level of such supervision will be judged according to the child's age, maturity and previous experiences.

Playworkers will enquire how a child is feeling, what activities they enjoy and if they are unhappy about anything; the Playworkers will also encourage children to contribute during morning and afternoon meetings.

If it seems that a child is taking a long time to settle in, this will be discussed with their parents at the earliest opportunity. Likewise, if a parent feels that there is a problem during the settling in period, they should raise this with the Site Co-ordinators.

Site Co-ordinators will always be available to discuss any concerns or other issues with parents regarding their child and their attendance at the Playscheme. If parents wish to meet with the Playscheme Co-ordinator, they should make an appointment to come in for a chat.

Policy reviewed 6 December 2011.