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Settling in periods

A settling in period is an agreed amount of time to help settle your child in their new surroundings. It can help your child to feel confident and feel safe. You will need to talk to the childcare provider to see if you will need to pay for these hours.

During this time you may need to stay with your child so be sure to factor that in if you are returning to work. If your child is not settling in you and the childcare provider can agree to end the arrangement. If appropriate you can end without the normal notice period.

Ofsted ratings and reports
Ask the childcare provider for a copy of their Ofsted inspection report. You can also view it online at reports.ofsted.gov.uk If they are a new setting they may not have received an inspection yet.