Choosing a nursery that is right for you and your child can be daunting and it’s possibly the first time you will be leaving your precious child in the care of someone other than friends and family. Making the right decision is crucial for your peace of mind, as well as ensuring your child receives the best early education, leaving them excited and prepared for when they attend school.
Choosing a nursery
The first piece of advice when choosing a nursery is to shop around. Even if the very first day nursery you visit ticks all the boxes be sure to visit others in your area. Here at Monkey Puzzle, we believe that once you see the facilities on offer and our approach to offering quality childcare, you will want to register your child, but we want to make sure you have made an informed decision and chosen a nursery that is right for you.
Obviously, the potential day nursery should meet all statutory requirements. It must be registered with Ofsted and meet the legal ratio of staff to children. In theory, any day nursery that is operating commercially will meet these requirements, but it’s always best to check!
Activities to expect in a good nursery
This is the most important aspect of any nursery. All day nurseries have to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. It’s a national structure of learning and care for children from birth to 5 years old. The key thing here and in all Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries is learning through play. Make sure the nursery places high value on children simply doing activities that they will enjoy. The nursery should have a wide range of age-appropriate toys. Look at what is being displayed on the walls. If there are plenty of paintings and drawings that the children have done themselves this will show that their creativity is valued.
Although not required, a good day nursery will have an outdoor play area where the children can play outside every day. Outdoor features such as sandpits, water tables and playhouses should keep the little ones occupied and stimulated.
Remember, development matters!