How to prepare your child for nursery

What can you do to prepare your child for their first day at nursery?

The first day at nursery for your children can be incredibly difficult, not just for the children but also for yourself. Use these fantastic tips to help ease the pressure and make it easier for your child to be happy at preschool.

Boost their confidence

Socialising is a skill that we all need, as humans, for basic communication. It’s the basis of our development and whilst we all naturally learn it, it can take some children a lot longer to learn their social skills compared to others. If you can teach your child the idea of taking turns with toys and sharing them to others, they should have a much better time settling into nursery. Be patient, as children won’t learn right away that sharing is needed. Always remind your children to be friendly and share, as children are bound to squabble over toys. If you don’t know many mothers with children, you can always join a mother and toddler group, which is a fantastic way of introducing your child into socialising with other kids.

Having a friend may help them settle into the nursery environment

Having a friend may help them settle into the nursery environment

Teach them basic skills

If your child is going to be eating at nursery, it’s a good idea to teach them the basics of feeding themselves. They’re going to have to use a knife and fork, so practise with them at home. Don’t expect your child to be able to cut their own food up, as nursery staff will do this for them. Also, make them aware of any allergies you child may have to avoid icky tummies!

Make visits prior to their start date

Like anything, your child will need to familiarise with their new environments before they’ll begin to feel content about spending time in the nursery. You should try and book visits to the nursery before consider starting their, just to see how they cope with spending time away from you for a few hours. When you get back, be sure to talk with your child about how great the school will be, what they’ll do their, what trips they’ll go on etc.

Their start day may be difficult, so here’s how to cope!

Allow plenty of time for your child to get settled before leaving instantly. Go into the nursery with them; make sure they’re comfortable and relaxed, as this should hopefully allow you to avoid unnecessary crying!

It’s perfectly natural to feel a little emotional at the site of your child going into nursery, but don’t let it show. Children will pick up on your feelings of negativity.

Be honest with your little one, as they’ll know when you’re telling fibs! Explain to them that you’ll be back at a certain time and you’ll see them very soon.

Do you have any tips you’d like to add? Tell them to us in the comments below!

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Why should you send your child to nursery?

We answer the question why should you send your child to a nursery!

Research suggests children benefit academically

A study was conducted by the University of London in the Summer of 2013, looking into the academic advancements of children who had nursery experience. It found that children who spent three or more years in nursery educations were more likely to have advancement in their academic ability by up to a year, compared to parents who keep their children home until the age of five. It also found a positive connection between the amount of time a child spends in Nursery and how they perform in later life.

It outlined that children put into the nursery system at two years old were at least 10 months ahead of their fellow peers. This shrinks to six months if a child goes into nursery at the age of three.

Nursery life helps social development

Children are, in most cases, predominantly curious at the best of times. They want to explore their surroundings, seeing what’s going on around them, asking endless questions in the process so they can actively take in new information. If you put them in an environment outside of the home, children will get a whole load of new experiences, meeting other children of diverse backgrounds which spikes their curiosity. It’s apparent that in children who have no nursery experience, they’re mostly quiet and reserved, replacing their curiosity with shyness.

Similarly to when they grow up, children are at their happiest when they’re around other children their own age. The earlier they learn to join in with activities aimed to bond them with others, the quicker they develop their co-operative skills, becoming happier and more confident in the process.

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Nursery gives children to opportunity to develop

A daily routine is vital for life

It’s a good idea for children to understand the need for a daily routine at a young age, as this will help them all the way through their lives. School and work both require a daily routine, being in on time, doing work and prioritising daily tasks. Being at school, children will stick to a timetable, which will ensure their learning process allows for the maximum knowledge to be taken in.

There’s a number of things parents can do to help their child adopt a routine that holds a level of self-discipline. This will help the child cope with their day-to-day routine and life. Having children get out of bed at a set time in the morning and going to sleep at similar hours will help tune their ‘body clock’, instilling a level of subconscious knowledge that will get them out of bed in the morning.

These foundations are layed out for children in nursery, as it now only shows your little ones the importance of a routine, it aids them in coping with the changes they will face growing up, which puts them considerable steps ahead when they begin school.

In conclusion

What it boils down to is what you ultimately think is better for your child, so the choice is completely down to you, the parents. Nursery offers a balanced life for your child, as well as giving you time to look after yourself. Ultimately, the most important thing to consider will be the staff, environment, learning and activities they will experience in their nursery lives. We can offer your child a fantastic learning experience that will mould them into fine students later in life.

If you wish to discuss this more, please visit our Nurseries in Birmingham or call us on 0121 354 1752.

Children Benefit more from going to Nursery


There has been much controversy over children going to nurseries from a young age and it was once believed that it could harm your child’s behavioural problems/development. But studies have been made again and again which all suggest a child’s childhood benefits massively from going to nursery.

So how do children benefit when going to Nursery? 

When toddlers and children go to nursery it helps form many skills such as listening, speaking, structured learning and social building, this is a massive improvement compared to toddlers which don’t go to nursery.

It’s in fact very encouraged by the Government in England for toddlers/children to attend any form of pre-schools from nurseries to playschools. This is because it’s a valuable opportunity for children to experience making new friends and get involved with various activities… last but not least you as a parents can get a well deserved break!


What will children learn in Nursery? 

With any nursery or playschool there’s a foundation stage of early education put in place so that it’s in fact a learning environment too, this scheme is aimed at children under the age of 5. With any child under the age of 5 there’s six early learning goals so that children are able to build on their learning skills within nursery… these six areas are below:

  • Physical development.
  • Personal, social and emotional development.
  • Communication, language and literacy.
  • Mathematical development.
  • Creative development.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world.

Through these 6 different areas there’s a wide range of activities to keep children interactive, allowing them to choose their own activity or to develop and get involved with children in group activities such as music, arts, playing and crafting.


Christmas carols and songs that children love

It’s that well-loved time of year when Noddy Holder again screams “it’s Christmas!” This means mince pies, marathon TV-watching sessions and, of course, Christmas songs.  With Christmas coming children always seem to love the great Christmas songs they hear on the radio, in a stores or what their parents play in the car. Kids enjoy making silly dances up, doing karaoke with the Christmas songs.

Everything from the Christmas trees with all the lights, Christmas decorations, Santa’s helpers, Christmas desserts, all the way to Santa Claus himself fascinates every young child today. A child may not understand the full meaning of Christmas, but the smile on their face when they hear a Christmas song or see Santa Claus is priceless. Are you looking for Christmas songs to play for your child? Rowans Nursery have done the work for you. We tried to think of the best Christmas songs for kids and came up with this ultimate Christmas playlist for you this yuletide. Enjoy!

Jingle Bells

Silent Night

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

12 Days Of Christmas

Santa Claus is Coming To Town

Frosty’s Back

The Gingerbread Man

Jack Frost

Twas The Night Before Christmas

Joy To The World

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

The Nutcracker

O Christmas Tree

Snowflakes On My Nose

Deck The Halls

Child In a Manger

Christmas Is Coming

The Little Drummer Boy

Sleigh Ride

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

The First Noel

Winter Cheer

Building A Snowman

The Snow Is Here To Stay

It’s Teddy’s First Christmas

Jingle Bell Rock

Rockin Around The Christmas Tree

Chipmunks Christmas song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)

The Christmas Song (Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch

Winter Wonderland

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow

We Need A Little Christmas

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

I Hope It Snows On Christmas Day

Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy

The Littlest Christmas Tree

The Happy Reindeer

At Rowans Nursery in Birmingham, we strive to make Christmas time as enjoyable for all our children as possible, and we’d love to know what you do, what songs are the most popular with your kids and how to make Christmas that little bit more magical!

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:


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?


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?


o     How are they disciplined?

o     How do you handle toilet training?

o     Are the children given lots of love and encouragement?


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?


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? 


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?


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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Know your nursery rhymes!

Many of us can recite nursery rhymes from our childhood memories, but perhaps its time for us to have a refresher course in nursery rhymes to make sure our children learn the right words and in the best possible way.

In no particular order, below is the list of the top 10 must know Nursery Rhymes which all mums and dads should know. Young children learn a lot of what they know by observing what the people around them do. Best way to teach your little one is to sing songs, do the actions and show them it is so much fun. For making this process a little easier and less time taking here comes the list of the most common and popular Nursery Rhymes.

1. Row Row Row your boat

2. Itsy bitsy spider

3. Twinkle twinkle little star

4. Looby Loo

5. Hush Little Baby

6. Ba Ba Black Sheep

7. Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

8. Wheels on the Bus

9. Down by the Bay

10. If you are happy and you know it

Rhymes are a good means to help a child develop the essential oral skills and motor skills. It is likely that you will find various versions of some of the popular rhymes. It is alright to teach any of them as long as your child is enjoying. Try to make them participate when you are singing it to them. They usually learn the actions first and pick up couple of words. Encourage them to learn more by repeating them when you think they are enjoying. It should be fun. Appreciate them at their little successes whether it is an attempt to speak a new word or do an action correctly.

At Rowans Nursery, we love to have a singalong and allow the children to contribute as much or as little as possible.  We have a dance teacher named Alison. She attends on a Monday morning starting in our baby section then moving into the log cabin to work with our nursery and pre-school children. Alison has worked at the Rowans for over five years, she is a member of the United Teachers of Dance and also teaches at a local stage school for children from the age of four years and upwards.

Alison has our children in small groups with a practitioner to support her class and introduces a variety of ballet, tap, theatrical and modern dance and does also support our setting with special events such as the Christmas Nativity, Jubilee’s, Topics of interest.

Our children really enjoy their dance sessions and will confidently access these with ease!

Our nursery school curriculum is there to help each child develop.  The nursery team in Birmingham is here to support every child.  See our testimonials and if you’re interested in your child attending Rowans Day Nursery, which is very handy for parents in Birmingham covering Erdington, Kingstanding,Great Barr, and Sutton Coldfield.  Contact Rowans Nursery in Birmingham today or call 0121 354 1752 and we’ll happily help.