First Day at Reggio Emilia

At Reggio Emilia Early Learning Centres, we know that the first day of any schooling is stressful, both for the child and the parent. That's why we have a tried and tested routine to help everyone settle in as quickly as possible. Orientation Visits As part of your enrolment at Reggio Emilia, we encourage families to bring their child into our centre for a single orientation visit prior to their first day. This allows for your child to become familiar with their new surroundings, meet their educators and peers. It also allows the child (and you) to gain an understanding of routine for the day. To understand how orientation works: Families must complete an enrolment form, pay the bond and return it to the centre within 48 hours of acceptance before orientation can take place. It is recommended that a child attends the one orientation session of approximately 1.5 hours, in the week prior to commencing care. Families must book the orientation session to ensure an educator is available to spend time with them and talk about the environment and routines. Families must sign in and out on the visitor log, on arrival and departure. Families should stay in the room with their child to familiarise themselves with the environment and routinesand to support their child. Orientation children are not to be included in the ratios until official start date of service. Parents will take full responsibility of their children during the orientations. Children should bring a labelled water bottle, hat and a bag to the orientation visit to familiarise them inplacing the bag in their locker. During the visits encourage your child to join in an activity in the room and use positive and encouraging phrases, e.g. ‘Wow, it’s lots of fun here.’ During the orientation, the Room Leader/Educator will discuss your child’s routines, requirements and areas of learning you want educators to focus on with you and record these on a New Child in Care form for use in the room. One orientation session per child will be provided to ensure that all families that join the service have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the educators and the routines and that it doesn’t affect the quality of care for the room. You will also get the chance to discuss your expectations. Please contact the centre prior to your child’s commencement to arrange a suitable time and day for orientation.

First Day at our Centre

Preparing for the first day at our child care centre

First Day at Our Centre

• On your child’s first day, bring your child into their enrolled classroom
• If possible, it’s best to make your child’s first day at the centre shorter than usual. This will help to ensure a smooth and happy transition.
• An Educator from your child’s room will welcome you and your child and introduce you to the other Educators & children
• Allow your child some time to stand and watch. They may not feel ready to join in straight away and will need to do so at their own pace.

The Educator will show you:

• Where to put your child’s bag
• KIOSK sign in/out
• Parent Communication Book
• Information Areas
• Kinderloop sign in/out

What to bring

What to bring

  • Changes of spare clothing suitable for both warmer and cooler months
  • Spare changes of underwear (please allow for more changes if your child is toilet training)
  • Sun hat
  • Backpack
  • Enclosed Shoes – no thongs or open toed shoes are allowed
  • Drink bottle

For our younger children

  • Milk Bottles (either empty or filled with sterilised water)
  • Comforter for sleep time i.e Blanket
  • Dummy (stored in a small plastic container with your child’s name clearly labelled)
  • Formula divided out into individual servings
  • For children with sensitive skin, you may need to provide your own nappies/wipes
  • Nappy Rash Cream which needs to have a Chemist Label with your Child’s full name
  • Cot sized sheet (no pillows as this is a SID’s risk)