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Posted by Katie oGrady

Choosing the right nursery

Returning to work and entrusting your child in someone else’s care can be an anxious time.  Here we list what to look for when choosing the right nursery:

Ofsted – the nursery must be registered with Ofsted, take a look through their most recent report and highlight any areas you’d like to discuss such as actions taken for improvement.

Cleanliness – the nursery should be clean and safe with regular cleaning and sterilising of toys and equipment.

Children – children should be happy and stimulated with access to age appropriate toys both indoors and outdoors, staff must be engaged and supporting their play.

Staff – staff should be welcoming and friendly, interacting with the children in their care and should greet you and make you feel welcome.

Security – the nursery must be secure, all outdoor areas should be enclosed and a robust entry system should be in place.

Qualifications – 50% of all staff should hold a childcare qualification equivalent to Level 2, managers should hold a Level 3 and there should be someone with a first aid certificate in the nursery at all times.

Routine – there should be a routine in place and it should be flexible to your child’s needs. As how the day is structured and to see examples of activities.

Price – what is included in the price? Are there any additional charges and does anything need to be supplied on a daily basis such as nappies or milk?

Meals – the kitchen is a big part of the nursery and should offer nutritious meals with fresh ingredients. Ask to see the menu and the kitchen.

Instinct – did you enjoy your visit? As a parent, you know your child’s needs and you should go with your instinct.