Starting Nursery

We are here to support you starting nursery

We understand that starting nursery can be a big change for families and we want to ensure that you and your child feel comfortable before you start with us.

We expect you to have plenty of questions and we will answer these whilst getting to know about you and your child.

We have tried to answer a lot of the most commonly asked questions on this page as a starting point. You can jump to any section by using the buttons below.

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Settling in Sessions

Before your start date we will invite you in for some settling in sessions. These sessions will take place in your child’s room and you will be able to stay and meet your Keyperson whilst providing reassurance for your child as they get to know their new surroundings.

The session will also allow you to share with us your child’s routine, their interests, their development and any other important care aspects which we need to be aware of e.g. medical requirements.

During the session we will also explain any paperwork we require you to complete and show you where you can find digital versions of each form. Paper copies are available if required.


Your child’s development will be tracked within a digital learning journey which you can access and contribute to via the Parentzone App.

We will set up your account and email you your log in details once set up. You can access Parentzone on a computer or mobile.

A guide to Parentzone can be downloaded below.

Parentzone app

Digital Forms

The following forms are only required once you have had a place offered at one of our nurseries and have accepted it. If you wish to register your child you can do so here.

The nursery will explain the forms required and answer any questions you may have before you start at nursery.

If you require a printed version please ask us.

The registration pack is a more comprehensive version of our registration form. We will explain each section and ask you to sign to say you agree to our policies. This form is only required once we have confirmed your place. Please use our registration form to register your interest initially.

The All About Me form covers all of the key information about your child such as their health, routine and development.

This form is only required if your child has an ongoing medical condition which may require medication and/or treatment.

This form is only required if your child is using formula or breast milk so that we know the quantity and times of feeds throughout the day.

This form is only required if you wish to supply a nappy cream which the nursery do not already supply.

This form is only required if your child has any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, no dairy, gluten free etc. 

Your First Day

Your first day will likely lead to mixed emotions as your child starts nursery for the first time. We hope that the settling in sessions will have given you reassurance on what your child will be doing alongside an opportunity to meet our colleagues in your room. Below we have put a few of the things you will need to pack in your child’s bag ready for nursery.

What to bring

We will supply you with a Childbase bag during your settling in sessions and your child will have a named peg by their room.

Please can you bring in the following items for your child:

  • Spare clothes
  • Dummy and/or comforter (if applicable)
  • Coat
  • Sun hat (seasonal)
  • Wellies (seasonal)
  • Hat/scarf/gloves (seasonal)
  • Sun cream (seasonal if you don’t wish to use ours)

What we supply

During your settling in sessions we will have discussed all of the key information on your child’s routines. For your reference we supply the following items for your child:

  • Nappies and wipes
  • Nappy cream (please ask at nursery)
  • Formula milk (if required)
  • Sun cream
  • Waterproof clothing for outdoor play

Messy activities

At nursery your child will engage in a variety of ‘messy’ and art based play. Whilst aprons are worn, and paints are washable there are occassions that clothes may stain after play. We recommend that you dress your child in clothes which you do not mind if they get stained. We will of course do our best to try to avoid this.

Outdoor play

Children access the garden all year round and we understand the importance that outdoor play has on a child’s learning and development.

We ask parents to provide a suitable coat, hat/gloves and sunhat as required. We supply suncream for all children within the warmer months.

outdoor play

Pushchairs/car seats

If you walk to nursery with your child, or need to leave a car seat, our nurseries have a location where these can be stored during the day. Please ask at nursery for the location and access to yours.

Entry to nursery

Please buzz the door and wait for a member of our team to let you in. Please be patient at busier times of the day as our colleagues may be talking to other parents/carers.

Contacting us

Our teams are available throughout the day to talk to you and let you know how your little one is getting on. Please feel free to call or email us at any time.

Managing emotions and expectations

The first day at nursery can be emotional for both you and your child. To help manage these emotions and set realistic expectations, consider:

  • Talking positively about nursery and highlighting the fun activities your child will engage in
  • Visiting the nursery beforehand to familiarise your child with the environment
  • Establishing a goodbye routine and reassuring your child that you’ll return
  • Being prepared for potential tears or anxiety and providing comfort and reassurance

By following this essential checklist and considering your child’s readiness and emotions, you can help make the transition into nursery a positive and successful experience for your little one.

Awards & Accreditations

Cedars Day Nursery - Leighton Buzzard

We prioritise the importance of outdoor play at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard. All children at our Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery have access to our large, natural garden area on a daily basis as we recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development. The children enjoy planting vegetables and tasting their produce, served by our dedicated Nursery Chef.

Cedars Day Nursery, Mentmore Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA

Tel:  01525 850200