Settling in

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.

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