Choosing a suitable for nursery for your child
When it comes to choosing the right nursery for your little one, it’s important that both you and your child are happy.
After all, the idea of sending your child to nursery for the first time can be daunting prospect and the last thing you need is having to worry about whether or not your child is happy.
Whether you’re returning to work after maternity leave, or you simply want to give your child the opportunity to interact with children there own age, nursery can be a great experience for babies and toddlers of all ages, especially when it comes to learning to stand on their own two feet!
However, before you let your little ones out of your sight, it’s only natural that you will want to take the time to explore all of your options when it comes to finding the right nursery for you and your child.
Here at Muswell Hill Pre School , we understand that choosing the right nursery for your little one can be a daunting prospect, and that you probably have a million questions you are already itching to ask us. After all, it is one of the most important decisions you will need to make in your child’s early years.
Here’s a quick checklist outlining the things you should think about when choosing a suitable nursery for your child.
Research and recommendations
Before you even start thinking about short-listing potential nurseries, make sure you do your research in order to gain a better picture of the quality of the nursery.
A good starting point is pulling up Ofsted reports online, checking mum blogs and forums for advice and even turning to your friends and neighbours for recommendations – these will provide you with crucial insights which should help with the decision making process.
Support for communication and language
Nursery life will not only help your little ones to develop their independence, but this level of engagement and interaction has also been proven to support your child’s language and communication skills. With this in mind, you should ask the nursery how they factor communication into their everyday practices, and how they prioritise all aspects of your child’s development.
Staff links with parents
Forging strong relationships with the nursery staff is integral to your child’s development and happiness, and it’s not only important that your little ones warm to the nursery staff, but that you also warm to them too!
Here at Muswell Hill Pre School, we pride ourselves on building fantastic relationships with all of our parents.
Once you have selected the nurseries that meet your needs, organise a visit so you can gain a first hand insight into their friendliness, the facilities they offer and their policies.
Nursery Visit Checklist
On your visit check out the following:
First contact with nursery
Was the phone answered quickly when you called?
Was the person you spoke to friendly and helpful?
If you left a message was your call returned in a timely manner?
If you requested information did you receive it?
How do you feel at this stage about the nursery?
Visit to the nursery
Were you warmly greeted on arrival?
What security arrangements are available at the nursery to keep your child safe?
Were you met and greeted by the manager or deputy?
Did they answer any questions you had?
Did the person showing you around seem knowledgeable?
Were they interested in you and your child?
Were you given all the information you needed on your visit?
Did the entrance to the nursery give a good impression?
Was the nursery clean and well organised?
Were the rooms bright and airy?
Were the displays of children’s work appealing?
Did the equipment look clean and in good order?
When you entered rooms were the children engaged in play or activities with staff?
Did the staff seem interested in the children in the nursery? Were they talking to them and engaging with them?
Did the activities that the children were doing seem age appropriate, interesting and stimulating?
How do the nursery assess children’s progress and development and share the information with you?
Does the nursery have an outdoor play area and is it well equipped?
Do the menus and meals served appear to be nutritious and appealing?
Can the nursery provide for specific dietary requirements?
What percentage of the nursery team are fully qualified?
How many staff have first aid qualifications?
Does the nursery employ any qualified teachers and what roles do they have?
What percentage of the children get into the school of their choice when they leave the nursery?
Did you come out of the nursery feeling confident enough to leave your child in the care of the nursery team?
Did you come out of the nursery feeling that you could relate to and interact well with the Manager/Deputy on a daily basis?
Interaction after your visit
Did the nursery keep in touch with you?
Was any further information requested forwarded?
Were you invited back to the nursery for a stay and play?
Do the nursery fees appear to represent value for money?
Are the nursery fees inclusive of everything or do you need to provide/pay for any extras?
The majority of parents know instantly whether or not a nursery is right for their child, and never ignore your gut instinct.