Choosing the right day nursery for your child can be daunting, possibly the first time you will be leaving your precious child in the care of someone other than friends and family, so making the right decision is crucial for your peace of mind, while also ensuring your child receives the best early education, leaving them excited and prepared for when they attend school.
Choosing a Day Nursery
Well the first piece of advice is shop around. Even if the first day nursery you visit ticks all the boxes be sure to visit others in your area there may be an even better one nearby!
Obviously the potential day nursery should meet with 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!
Qualities To Look For In The Staff
Ultimately you will want the staff to share your views on discipline, sleeping, feeding and other care issues. A good sign when you visit a prospective day nursery, are the questions the staff ask you about your child’s health and care. They should also take the time to get to know you and your child quickly.
A good nursery usually employs happy staff, staff that receive benefits and are paid well, this should ensure that staff turnover remains low and relationships between your child and staff members develop positively.
Activities To Expect In A Good Nursery
I suppose this is the most important aspect of any nursery, All day nurseries have to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). 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. Making 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’s on the walls, if their 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 everyday. Outdoor features such as sand pits, water tables and playhouses should keep the little ones occupied and stimulated.
A Good Menu In A Good Nursery
Discovering what a day nursery serves at meal times, will also indicate its quality. They should serve nutritious and varied meals, with alternatives for vegetarians and those children that have food allergies or intolerances.
Parents know how easy it is for their children to become fussy eaters, so their time at nursery is a great time for them to experiment and discover new things that they like to eat.
At all of our Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries, we cover all of the above and to a high standard. If you would like to find out more about us why not get in touch. We are a nationwide day nursery network so why not see if a Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery is in your area.