Information for Parents
Choosing a nursery is a big decision for any parent – you want the very best care, education and safety. Many of our parents come to us through friends recommendations or are previous customers.
If you are thinking of looking for a nursery these are some of the things we suggest you may want to look out for:
- Do the children look well-stimulated, sitting down at activities, engaged by the staff?
- How is the day structured and what sort of activities are built into the timetable?
- Does the building look well-kept, safe and secure? Are the registration and insurance certificates on display?
- Does the nursery have an open-door policy so parents and prospectives can visit any time?
- How many of the staff are qualified? A good nursery will have most staff at Level 3 or above.
- What is staff turnover like – stability of care is important to children.
- How often do children access the outdoors area?
- Does the setting have a qualified teacher or an Early Years professional?
- Does indoor and outdoor equipment appear of good quality?
- Do they cook food fresh on the premises?
- What are the menus like? Do they include a good combination of fresh (rather than tinned) fruit and vegetables?
- Do you have confidence that the nursery manager possesses strong leadership skills, is well involved and has a ‘hands on’ approach?
- Have a read through the nursery’s policies – such as safeguarding
- Also read their last Ofsted inspection report.
- What sort of opening hours do you need?
- Is there a waiting list for places (common in smaller nurseries)?
Please check out our Nurseries below