Orientation acts as a bridge for children to explore their new environment while family members are there. If children see their family welcomed, and their ideas and suggestions listened to, respected, and valued, it will build on the child’s sense of belonging in the centre.
Orientation sessions will take place before your child’s first day, so they can meet their educators. They will also explore the space and engage in activities with their peers.
Communication between the family and our educators is key to successfully moving into childcare. This is a great time to share information, any concerns and develop a consistent plan which can be implemented in care and at home. Orientation is a safe space that is social and helps minimise separation anxiety and fear of strangers. We recommend parents (or the primary caregiver) are present and take an active part in play and conversations during the orientation sessions to prepare for the first day.