Whats next once you have chosen an Early Years Service?

 When you have visited some early years’ services you may feel you are in a better position to choose the right one for your child.


Once you decide which early years' service option best suits your needs, there are some Simple Steps to take next:


  • Contact your provider and book your child into the service depending on availability. If you wish to visit the service again, make an appointment.
  • When paying a deposit, ask for a receipt and be clear of the criteria around refundable/non-refundable deposits. Note that deposits for ECCE only cannot exceed 4 weeks’ capitation.
  • If your child's name is placed on a waiting list, ask for written confirmation of      this and enquire of the services procedure in managing the waiting list. 
  • Arrange a start date and settling in actions in line with the procedures of the service.
  • Talk to your child about the service, their new teacher and friends.
  • Share all relevant and detailed information with the staff caring for your child such as illnesses, significant life events, likes and dislikes, eating and sleeping patterns, etc. Ensure you have enough time to do this. The more information you provide about your child, the easier it is for staff to meet your child’s needs and the easier is for the child to transition from home to the early years’ service.
  • Ensure the service is provided with everything they require to care for your child such as nappies, food, bottles, etc.
  • Ask for a copy of policies and procedures 
  • If you are availing of a funding scheme, ask for clarification on notice period (e.g. if you choose to move to another service, what is the notice period and if the funding stays with the child or with the service in these instances).
  • If you have additional questions, consult with your early year’s provider. 
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