McMillan Early Childhood Centre

All needs met for children under 5 years in one place

Judge Heath Lane, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 2PD

02085 734427

First Term at nursery


During first term at nursery your child will be learning to separate from you and will begin to gain the confidence to spend time away from you.  If your child has not spent time away from you, this may take a bit of time before they feel comfortable not having you near them.  Your child will have to learn to trust an outsider - someone they have not known before.  It is like when you start a new job and don't know where to go or don't know your work colleagues.  It may be an anxious time for your child until they know that you will come back at the end of the session and that they can have fun without you. 


  • Separate successfully from their parent or main carer
  • Develop and form attachments outside their immediate family
  • Begin to learn how to work cooperatively with others
  • Begin to learn how to share equipment and take turns
  • Gain the confidence to communicate using gestures or language with their key worker and other adults
  • Begin to communicate with their peers
  • Gain the confidence to communicate with others in their home language and in English
  • Develop and broaden their vocabulary in English
  • Develop the confidence to say, “NO!” assertively with words or/and gestures
  • Begin to develop positive social relationships with their peers
  • Begin to take an interest in their environment
  • Explore their environment using all their senses
  • Develop their curiosity
  • Enjoy and want to come to nursery or school
  • Gain the confidence to make their needs known to their key worker or other adults


  • Practitioners visit child’s home
  • Open Day for children to visit us
  • All About Me questionnaire so that we know a child’s likes, interests & dislikes
  • Settling – in is gradual for those who have separation anxieties
  • Establishment of at least one comfortable relationship with an adult will support communication in the wider sense
  • Language of sharing is used to support children to take turns using equipment
  • Adults model communication skills and support play-joining strategies to support children to make friendships
  • Small group sessions for stories to support children in feeling that they belong
  • Practitioners who speak other languages to support those who are new to English (small story groups or working individually with children)
  • Practitioners modelling simple language and building on children’s vocabulary
  • Activities developed from the children’s interests