Preparing your child for nursery

Your child’s first day at nursery or pre-school is a big step for them and can be an exciting but scary and overwhelming time for both you and your child. You’ve probably got a lot of questions and apprehensions about this big milestone in your child’s life and we have provided some advice to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible.

Some children will naturally experience difficulties settling in while others will adapt to the change quite easily. The good news is that you can help your child with this change in environment by preparing them for their first day at nursery.


Take a look at our top tips to help your child prepare for their big day:

Visit the nurseries or pre-schools

You can find a list of your local nurseries on the following website We strongly recommend you visit as many nurseries as you can to help you find the right nursery for your child. Make sure your child goes with you on the visits so you can sell the joys of nursery by talking about the activities, making friends and experiencing a whole new set of toys.


Talk to your child about the change

Before your child starts nursery it will help to read them books on getting bigger and starting nursery and what it involves. The following books can help:

My First Day at Nursery School by Becky Edwards

Maisy Goes to Nursery by Lucy Cousins

Lulu Loves Nursery by Camilla Reid


Settling in

Once you have decided which nursery you are sending your child to they should offer a settling in period. This involves you and child spending some time at the nursery talking through all the processes and routines including nap time, feeding and potty training. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

It may be better for your child to start with a couple of mornings or afternoons a week to help them to adapt to the change. We wouldn’t recommend any less than this as a week is a long break between visits. If your child will be attending nursery on a full time basis settling them in with a couple of visits to start with will help to break them in.


What to take to the nursery

You may want to take some familiarities of home for your child to take to nursery, this might be their favourite blanket or cuddly toy. You should also pack a bag of spare clothes and also wellies, sun screen and a sun hat if needed.


About Hungry Caterpillar Day Nursery

Hungry Caterpillar Day Nursery have nurseries across London and the South East and are highly regarded for their high quality care and education and the wide range of activities and childcare services.

Hungry Caterpillars offers nursery, pre-school, crèche, out of school and holiday clubs in the boroughs of Harrow, Hillingdon, Ealing and the county of Buckinghamshire.

For more information about Hungry Caterpillars please call 01895 678 682 or email


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