Children who suck dummies through the day tend to make fewer sounds and gain less experience of using their voices.

We recognise that a dummy can be a source of comfort when a child is upset, and that they often form part of a child’s sleep routine. Consequently, the key person will encourage the babies and young children in their care to only use their dummy at these times. Taking into account the children’s emotional needs, the key person can sensitively support the process of phasing out a dummy at any time, at the request of the parents. We respect all parents/carers views.

As a setting we will encourage children to put their dummy in their personal bag, tray themselves.

Created May 2022
By: Michelle Sharp
Adopted as the policy of the nursery
By: Jacquelin Curtis Director,
Activeplay Nurseries Ltd