Settling in


Usually parents make an appointment to come and have a look round the Ark with their child.  They can then have a chat with Kathryn, the manager, and the leader of their child’s age group. (You are welcome to just drop in but please be aware that staff may be busy caring for the children and unable to show you around).

If you like what you see, we will arrange a convenient time to visit you at home. Your key person can get to know your child and Kathryn will discuss all your child’s needs and interests with  you.  We find this home visit really helps to start off the child/parent/Ark relationship positively.

Every child reacts differently but a  typical settling in process would be:


First session: parent stays with child but stays in the background so the key person can bond with the child (there is no charge for this session)

Second session: parent stays but leaves for ten minutes. If all goes well they may leave again for half an hour.

Third session: Parent leaves after a short time but may return after a couple of hours.

Fourth session: Full session

We always advise parents to say goodbye as well as telling their child where they are going and when they will be back, so children know they haven’t been deserted.