We feel that the best way to convey our message and to help you make a descision about where your childcare should come from we have taken the time to put together this guide, please download the full guide (Choosing the right nursery) from the NDNA website or by clicking the link below.
To help both you and your child, it is critical that both of you are happy and confident with your choice of nursery. Knowing that your child is in a safe, high quality environment is hugely reassuring.
We will give you an insight into what questions to ask, what you should be looking for from a nursery and what legal requirements a nursery has to follow. The right research about your nursery will provide you with the reassurance that your child will be cared for in a safe, high quality environment.
You should always visit more than one nursery before you make a decision about where you wish to place your child. This will give you a better view of the variety of nurseries available as some will suit you and your child’s individual needs more than others.
What to look for
- First Contact – Look at what nurseries are available in your area
- Visits to chosen nurseries – Think about what questions you want to ask
- Arrival at the nursery – Look at car park safety, building security and friendly greeting
- Seal of approval – Find out about Ofsted inspections and if the nursery is registered with the NDNA
- Happy clean and safe environment – An opportunity to ask lots of questions while being shown around
- The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – Look for full coverage of learning areas at the EYFS
- Activities/resources/experiences – Find out whats available and look out for what is already in use
- Menu’s – High quality menu, good preperation techniques and a trained cook available
- Staffing and ratios – Challenge their knowledge on these regulations and how they are followed
- Key person – Who is the key person that will be attending to your child’s needs
- Fees – The total costs and ask about any hidden fees
Finally take the time to answer these following questions:
- Did you and your child enjoy your visit?
- Was the nursery visit relaxed, friendly and informative?
- Did the staff answer all the questions posed in a clear and concise manner?
- If you took your child along, did they settle and appear happy and relaxed?
- How did the nursery staff interact with you and your child?
- Did the nursery appear clean, safe and secure?
- Is the nursery able to support any individual needs your child may have?
- Did the nursery make you feel welcome, confident and relaxed?