What to Expect – Phase-in
The phase-in is extremely important for the further relationship between the caregiver, the child, and the parent, as mutual trust is being developed during this time.
Basic phase: During the basic phase, the caregiver always stays in the immediate vicinity of the child. The child can explore the new environment and familiarise him/herself with us and the other children. The first time away from the parent should not take place before the third day.
Stabilization phase: Within this phase, the child will be left in our care and away from the parents for a short time. The time span will be extended gradually.
Final phase: We know when the child is comfortable with us and its new surroundings when we can soothe him/her and s/he can stay at kinder house for longer stretches of time (up to full time) without problems.
Normally, the settling-in phase takes about two weeks. However, as we let ourselves be guided by the needs of the child, this time may vary. It is important to give the children time to get used to us, the group and the new situation.