WHAT IS A SETTLING IN PROCESS AND WHY IS IT NECESSARY?

TRANSITION TO A NEW caretaker OF ANOTHER CULTURE OR LANGUAGE AT KINDERGARTEN

The first time in a new school or kindergarten always means a big change for children. It is defined as a “settling in” as it describes the process of a child easing their way into a new environment with unknown faces of educators and classmates, a new building and classroom, undiscovered playing materials, new educators and then being able to be comfortable there without their families. Of course, this type of change can be a struggle for both children and families. Gentle settling in is important to ease the family’s separation anxiety. In the so-called settling in process, the child is supposed to become familiar with the new educators, get to know other children, discover spaces and play materials (Graf & Seide, 2018).

For Dominik’s family, it is very important that all of the educators reassure the parents that they can be trusted with taking care of Dominik during the day. To make this settling in as easy as it can be, it would be suggested that the teachers have a meeting with Dominik’s parents to decide what steps are necessary for helping him settle in.

SETTLING IN
Settling in is an intense process for everyone involved. The child is in most need of support of caregivers during this time. The parents, too, are in need of help and support from the educators. The educators require communication and cooperation from the families to help this process flow easily.