When it comes to choosing a nursery for your little one, there will be lots of great options available to you, however there’s no need to rush. It’s best to take time and careful consideration over your decision. It’s best to start thinking about these things sooner rather than later because the best places tend to get booked up. But how do you know you’re making the right choice?
Well here are some key points to consider when you’re choosing your nursery.
What activities should I expect to see in a good nursery?
Nurseries are designed to encourage your little ones creativity and social skills, therefore it is import to take particular notice of what activities will be available to them. For example do they have a wide variety of activities for your child to take part in? I.e playing in the sand pit, creating with blocks and play dough, painting gluing and sticking?
Look for a nursery that offers lots of imaginative play too in order for your little one to get the most out of it. Ask about outdoor play too, the children should be able to play outside in fresh air when the weather permits.
What size should my perfect nursery be?
Nurseries in your area may vary in size. Parents often assume that because a nursery has more children, It’s not as good an option for their child. However, larger nurseries often have better equipment.
If you are opting for a larger nursery, make sure you find out how they cater for different aged children and how they are managed. For example, you wouldn’t want your child in a room with 30 older children.
What should I look for in the staff?
Obviously, when you go to visit a nursery, staff will usually be on their very best behaviour, but first impressions always count. If you get the feeling that the nursery isn’t the one for you, then it probably isn’t.
Staff should be asking about your child’s care and daily routine and offer examples of how they plan to help your little one settle in as nursery can be a daunting thing.
After meeting with the staff and asking lots of questions, you will probably get a good idea of their potential. Have they made you feel comfortable with the thought of your child starting their nursery?
Questions to ask when visiting nurseries.
Is there an outdoor playing space?
How many children do they have now and what is the maximum intake?
What is the security policy regarding people entering the building?
If you need to leave the nursery, what is the notice period?
Can you see a copy of their OFSTED report?
I hope this blog post has given you a better idea of things to look out for when choosing a nursery for your little one. For advice on baby proofing your home, click here.