All about Home Visits

What is a Home Visit?

A home visit is a lovely opportunity for a child’s key person to visit their key child and their family at the child’s home. It helps to begin forming the relationship between parents, practitioners and children and it starts the process of sharing information and building secure attachments.

When parents choose our nursery for their children, we embrace the family as a whole and we include the parents as partners in their children’s education from the very beginning of their nursery experience.

Learning is complex; it begins at birth and continues throughout life. Parents are the first teachers and role models for their children, and therefore have a strong influence on their learning.

Benefits of Home Visits

There are great benefits to home visits, parents and children often feel more relaxed in their home environment and it is really good for the parents to be able to talk to the key person on a one to one basis. Home visits help to develop trust, good communication and a strong relationship between families and practitioners.

Home visits also help practitioners gain knowledge regarding different family cultures, practices and history as we recognise and value that all families are different.

Home visits support the families’ transition into nursery, when parents (and the children!) are feeling a little nervous about their first day; they have a member of staff that they can rely on and are familiar with.

The process of our Home Visits

The supervisor or room senior at nursery will contact the parents and arrange a date and time to visit the child and their family. The child’s Key Person and another member of staff out of the child’s room will visit the family home to interact with the child and their family. The practitioners will take a basket of nursery resources to enable the child to choose and play with a selection of toys. The Key Person will interact and create a bond with the child whilst the other practitioner will go through some paperwork and book in some settling in visits for the child.

Key Person System

Every setting must have a Key Person system in place, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage.

During their time at nursery, the child and their family will be allocated a Key Person. This individual will help your child to become familiar with the environment and to feel confident and safe within it. The Key Person will aim to develop a genuine bond with the child and their family and they will offer a settled and close relationship.

The Key Person will spend time observing the child, with a view to understanding their interests and how to develop their learning. This will help practitioners to plan interesting and stimulating activities that will encourage next stages of development. The child and their family will also be allocated a reserve key person. This will be a staff member within the room who the child will already know and be familiar with. They will stand in if the original key person is absent.

“The propensity to make strong emotional bonds to individuals is a basic component of human nature.” John Bowlby.

Feedback from parents who have had a Home Visit

“It was great to have the visit at home where it is quiet. It was very reassuring to see Ethan playing with his new Key Person.”

“I thought it was really helpful to meet in the home environment where she is comfortable and it helped me not to be as nervous for her first day at nursery.”

“It’s a great opportunity to get to know who will be looking after my baby and for my baby to get to know his carers. I could also learn more about the nursery and how they operate.”

“It was very useful to meet the people who will be directly involved in my child’s care, allowing him to become accustomed to them in his own environment. It really helped put me at ease.”

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