What is a home visit?
A home visit is a fantastic opportunity for a child’s key person to visit a new key child and their family within the child’s home. It is a lovely way to begin forming that long lasting relationship between parents, practitioners and children and it starts the process of sharing information and building secure attachments right from the start.
When parents choose Kirkgate Childcare for their children, we not only welcome and embrace the child but the family as a whole and we include parents/carers as partners in their children’s education from the very beginning of their nursery experience.
What are the benefits of home visits?
There are many great benefits to home visits, parents and children often feel more relaxed in their home environment and it is really good for the parents to be able talk openly one to one Home visits help to develop trust, good communication and a strong relationship between families and practitioners which is extremely important.
Home visits help practitioners gain knowledge regarding different family cultures and practices as we recognise and value that all families are different at Kirkgate Childcare. Home visits support the families transition into nursery, when parents and children are feeling a little anxious about their first day; they have a member of staff that they are familiar with to support them from the very start.
What is the process of our Home Visits?
Once you have booked a place with us, we will arrange a home visit at a time convenient to you, usually at a time when your child will be more willing to play so we like to avoid times close to when your child usually has a nap. Your child’s key person and another member of staff will visit the family home to talk with parents and interact with your child. The practitioners will bring a bag of nursery resources for your child to choose and play with or we can play with toys familiar to your child if they wish. The Key Person will interact and create a bond with the child whilst the other practitioner will go through some paperwork and book in some settling in visits for your child.
Of course the home visit is completely optional but we have found that they really do help massively with the settling in process but don’t take our word for it, here is some feedback from families who have had and benefited from a home visit………….
Staff create a welcoming and nurturing environment where children flourishTaken from Ofsted report
Lovely nursery with friendly attentive staff. My daughter, with additional medical needs, made firm bonds with staff and was given the highest level of care. would definitely recommend.Kirsty F
An absolutely outstanding nursery. My daughter has been going since she turned two, and she has learnt so much from communication, numbers to making friends and lovely manners! The staff are very kind to the children and teach them to be kind to others. It’s not like any other nursery, they go out on trips…Collette
Both my children have attended kirkgate childcare and I couldn't be happier with our experience. They did a wonderful job preparing my daughter to go off to school, encouraging her to speak out when she's not happy. I was very anxious with my son starting due to him having a life threatening condition, however the…Lucy
We cannot recommend Kirkgate Childcare enough, from the staff’s efforts to help settle our daughter when she first started, to the diversity of all the activities and outings offered, and the lovely and kind staff who cannot do enough to ensure the children are happy and learning. Dawn and her team are amazing!Charlotte