After receiving feedback from parents following their initial visit, the hardest things they found was “what should they should look for in a nursery and what questions they should ask?”. We would encourage parents to visit many other nurseries to get a perspective on what suits them.
Here are few examples of questions to ask when visiting a day nursery:
- What is your staff turnover? Very low – most staff have been with us from 6-8 years and one manager since we opened 19 years ago.
- Do the children play and talk together? Yes and the garden allows for children from different rooms to socialize together.
- Can I look around the building to see the rooms and outside play space? Yes
- Where will my child rest? In Claremont Park and Greenhill we have designated sleep rooms for the younger children. In all nurseries older children sleep in their own rooms on sleep mats and linen.
- What kind of food and drink will you supply? We supply formula for babies and snack morning and afternoon with milk and a home cooked lunch for all.
- What will my child do all day?
- How do you encourage good behaviour? Staff are the role models for good behaviour and actively encourage positive behaviour in the children.
- Will my child be with a regular group of children? Yes your child will be with a group of children of the same age and they will move through the nursery together.
- Are you a Partner Provider in partnership with the Local Authority which will enable my child to access funded Early Education after their 3rd birthday? Yes – at present the funding if 16hrs per week within term time. We will pay this back to you at the end of each term.
- Do you take vouchers? Yes we take all vouchers.
- How will you make sure I know how my child is getting on? Through contact with room staff daily, via the information board in each room and through their personal profiles and Learning journals.
If there are other things you want to know, do not be afraid to ask good childcare staff expect you to ask questions and will be happy to answer them.
Things to look for when choosing a day nursery:
- Are the children calm, safe and happy?
- How many staff are qualified and to what level?
- Are the staff listening to children and answering them carefully?
- Are the staff friendly and proud of their work?
- Are the staff joining in with what the children are doing?
- Does the member of staff showing you round show an interest in what you want for your child. If you child is with you, does he/she make contact with him/her?
- Are there lots of fun activities planned to help children learn and play? Can children plan some of these themselves?
- Are there plenty of examples of children’s work displayed?
- Is there a clear routine for the children?
- Are there plenty of clean toys and equipment for children to use?
- Is the premises clean, well-kept and safe for children with a fun outside play area (or will children go to parks and other places regularly)?
- Do parents have plenty of chances to say what they want for their children?
- What do the fees include, i.e. does the nursery supply, food, nappies, formula milk, etc.