Choosing a Nursery

Baby crawling on floor

Something that completely escaped our attention until after Junior’s birth was choosing a nursery, and although  late to this particular party, we got very lucky, finding a wonderful nursery that suites Junior very well.

The reality is that the search should begin during the pregnancy, as spaces fill up very quickly, so with this being a home from home for Junior, due diligence is an essential part of this selection.

Here are some pointers to help with your decision
  • Firstly, consider your location. Do you have a reputable nursery on your doorstep, perfect. If not, think about the benefits of travelling a greater distance for your preferred nursery, versus the additional effort required.
  • Read the latest Ofsted inspection reports, but consider the evaluations based on your needs.
  • Ask for recommendations from your peers, and if possible, speak with current parents when you visit. Do their thoughts about the nursery match your aspirations?
  • How is the day structured, and what sort of activities are built into the timetable?
  • Do the children look well-stimulated, sitting down at activities, engaged by the staff, and can you imagine your child playing and learning there comfortably?
  • Do you have confidence that the nursery manager engages in a strong and active manner, and how will you be kept informed of your child’s progress,
  • How many of the staff are qualified, and is there a low staff turnover?
  • Is the building a well maintained, and a safe environment?
  • Does it have good quality outdoor play areas? If so, how often do children get access, and is the equipment used of a high standard?
  • Is the food prepared and cooked on the premises, and do they provide a healthy and varied menu?

Believe me, that there is no feeling quite so gut-wrenching as to when you first hand over your precious baby, but, this is completely eclipsed by that when you collect Junior, and they beam back at you as the nursery carers tell you that they’ve had a really great day!

Good luck,

Big Daddy

Photo accreditation: D Sharon Pruitt (flickr)

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