Entrusting your little one to someone else’s care for the first time can be a really nerve wracking experience. It is important to choose a nursery that you are completely comfortable and happy with.
Questions to ask:
OFSTED Registration: Check that the nursery you are visiting is registered with Ofsted. Either ask to see the nursery’s registration certificate in person or contact your local Children’s Information Service to check.
Qualified Staff:Ask about the qualifications and experience of staff. The majority of the staff should hold an NVQ Childcare Level 3 or equivalent. At least one member of staff should hold a curent first aid qualification.
Health & Safetey:It is vital that the nursery you choose provides your child with a clean, safe environment in which to learn, grow and develop. Ask how often safety checks and cleaning tasks are undertaken.
Security:Ask how security is managed and look at the systems the nursery has in place. For example, are there security systems on the doors to prevent unauthorised visitors from entering the building?
Nutrition:Is the nursery able to provide a healthy, balanced meal plan for your child? Ask to see copies of the menus and ask where the food is prepared. If your child has special dietary requirements, remember to ask up front if they are able to accommodate your child’s needs.
Facilities & Equipment:Look for a nursery that has specially equipped rooms that are going to suit the needs of your child as they grow and develop. What facilities do they have for sleeping, nappy changing, and play? Is the nursery well equipped with a wide range of indoor and outdoor toys? Ask about the nursery routines and the activities available to your child.
As well as the above, it is important to go with your instincts. Choose a nursery that is going to suit the needs of both you and your child.