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How To Choose A Suitable Nursery For Your Child
Choosing the right nursery for your young child can be a difficult process, especially if it’s your first child. The thought of leaving your child in someone else’s care can bring a mix of emotions but it’s important to understand that this a natural step in life and can be hugely beneficial for your child, so don’t rush your decision.
Nursery is the stepping stone for your child before taking on primary school. It’s a place for them to develop both their social and educational skills and for their imaginations to flourish. It can also be a huge confidence booster for them and make them feel that extra bit prepared for big school.
If you don’t know what the first steps are in making this decision - don’t worry! When you first start out it’s important not to overthink it, start by asking family members, friends or even neighbours. Talking to people you trust and who have already been through this process is a great way to find out all the information you need. Before chatting to them, write down some things that are important to you so that you can ensure you’re asking the right questions.
The internet is an amazing place, especially for providing you with information about local nurseries. Check out their Ofsted reports online to gauge how the nursery has been perceived as well as reading comments from parents on online forums. Online forums can be particularly useful if you are new to the area and don’t know anyone to speak to in person. The West Finchley Pre School has gone as far to have a page dedicated to parent reviews - this is a great starting point for newer parents looking for honest and reliable reviews.
Once you have narrowed down a select few nurseries, visit their websites and book to go and visit them. When visiting their website you should look out for pages such as their vision and/or their promise, this shows they are forward-thinking and have a goal in mind.
Visiting the nursery will help you to get a feel for the atmosphere and staff. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions, this is a good way to assess their friendliness, efficiency and responsiveness. If for some reason you can’t visit the nursery, check out the Meet The Team section on the website. If you do get a chance to visit the nursery, here are a few questions to think about.
- 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?
It’s also important to ask about the types of activities that your child will be part during their week. London Muswell Hill Nursery & Pre School off a wide variety of activities from maths and English to self-awareness and self-confidence. Having a broad range of activities ensure that your child is always learning and developing and each day is different but equally as enjoyable.
If you really want to make sure your chosen is ticking all the boxes, London Preschool Wandsworth has put together a handy Nursery Visit Checklist to make sure you won’t miss a thing.
We hope now that you feel more confident in finding a nursery suitable for you and your child. Remember the best nursery for your child is one that will care and stimulate your child’s growth for the better.
If you want to learn more about London Pre School get in touch with one of their friendly team members today.