The transition from home to day care centre is a new and exciting stage of every child´s live.
Based on the Berlin settle in model, where the gradual settle in happens considering the individual pace of each child, we aim to create a solid basis for a trustful bond, between the teachers and the children..
In order to cope with this important process as easy as possible, the child is accompanied and supported by a key teacher who takes the role of a safe haven in the kindergarten during the settling in. Together with that, the family gets a first insight into the quotidian of the day-care centre (daily routine, rituals, play materials, rooms, etc.). The main feature of the settling in process is the development of a lasting and trusting relationship between the teacher and the child.
The settling in at the STUGGIKIDS is divided into 5 phases:
First, we have an introductory meeting between the teacher and the parent/reference person, where all information about the settling in and the daily routine at the day-care centre is shared and questions are clarified.
In the beginning phase, also called bonding phase, the first cautious steps are taken between the teacher and the child, while the parent/reference person is attentive but takes a passive role in the group room – the getting to know phase.
The first short separation attempt usually takes place on the 4th day of settling in. Depending on the child’s reaction to the separation phase, which is between 15 and 30 minutes, always considering to the child’s needs. If the child cannot yet be comforted by the teacher, the parent/reference person is brought back and the beginning phase is extended, giving teacher and child a longer time to bond.
Once a bond between teacher and child is established, the fourth phase, the stabilization phase, begins. The separation time is then extended daily, so that the child gets used to the daily routine of the day care centre in its own pace.
In the final stage of the settling in, the parent/reference person is at a reachable distance, but no longer in the facility. The settling phase is then over when the child trusts the teacher and allows itself to be comforted by this person during transitions from one activity to another and everyday situations.
If the child cries or gets upset when being brought to the crèche/kindergarten, but the behavior upon the key teacher is decisive. If the child allows itself to be comforted by the key teacher and gets distracted with other activities in the group, the settling in is then considered complete.