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02380 868700

Little Gardners Nursery 
Main Road, Marchwood, 
Southampton, SO40 4ZH


 Home Visit

It is our policy to visit new children and families at home before they start nursery, where possible. We offer home visits to every family along with settling in sessions for their child. Time is taken to find out about the child’s likes, dislikes and interests, visits are not to judge parent/carers parenting skills, but to offer parent/carers the opportunity to ask questions and gather any information needed from staff to support the transition.

Benefits of home visits

Home Visits have many benefits for both parent/carers and the staff team. For parents and children, a visit gives them the opportunity to meet the key person in a safe environment where they feel confident and at ease. The visit provides the opportunity to:

  • Establish early, positive contact
  • See children in their own familiar environment
  • Meet other family members, people and pets who are important to the children
  • Understand the anxieties children may feel when starting Nursery, and also understand the wealth of learning that goes on at home

This all helps the staff team to provide care for children to get a better picture of the child and their family. Staff can gain information to inform their planning from observing a child where he or she feels settled and in control.