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Nursery Checklist: What parents should look for when searching for a nursery school

Finding a nursery that is a good fit for your child is one of the most important choices we make as parents. This nursery checklist below may help you make your decision. An impromptu visit is best so you can get a true feeling of what happens at the facility during a typical day. When unexpected visits are welcomed by a nursery facility, it becomes another positive.  The best daycare nurseries have structured schedules that include plenty of time for physical activity, quiet time (including daily reading sessions for groups and individuals), group programs, individual activities, meals, snacks, and free time.

Daycare checklist:

Availability

o     What time can I drop my child off?

o     What is the latest time that I can pick up my child?

o     What holidays are you closed?

o     Can I visit the facility without an appointment?

o     Does someone answer phone calls promptly?

Staff training 

o     Are you licensed and accredited?

o     How long has your facility been providing daycare?

o     What is the caregiver to child ratio?

o     Does your staff have training in early childhood development?

o     Are teachers trained in first aid and CPR?

o     What is your staff turnover?

o     Are background checks completed on staff members?

Daily activities

o     Are nap times provided? What time and where?

o     What activities will be available for my child?

o     Will my child go on field trips outside the facility?

o     Is there an education curriculum?

o     How much time (if any) do they watch television during the day?

Meals

o     Are meals provided by the nursery?

o     Are snacks provided by the nursery?

o     Are they nutritious meals and snacks?

o     Are food allergies noted for teachers?

Care

o     How are they disciplined?

o     How do you handle toilet training?

o     Are the children given lots of love and encouragement?

Environment

o     Is there an outdoor playground?

o     Are there separate rooms for each age group?

o     What toys and activities are available?

o     Does the center look well-kept?

Illness

o     What is the sick policy?

o     What do you do if my child becomes sick at nursery?

o     What is your policy for handling incidents? 

Safety

o     Are parents called when a child does not show up at the appropriate time?

o     Does the playground equipment meet safety standards?

o     Is there a first aid kit?

o     Do they have smoke detectors?

o     Are fire exits marked and caregivers knowledgeable in a fire safety plan?

o     Are heating vents and radiators covered or inaccessible to children?

Sanitation

o     How often are toys washed? What do you use to clean them?

o     Are children taught to wash their hands before eating and after using the toilet?

These are all questions that Rowans Nursery are, of course, happy to answer.  Please do not hesitate in asking any questions, contact Rowans Nursery and we’re sure we’ll be able to answer any questions or queries you may have. You can call us on 0121 354 1752 or look around our website to see everything about us our curriculum, routines, meet the team, testimonials and more.

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