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Advantages of nursery

Day nurseries follow the early years foundation stage (EYFS), providing them with a structure of learning and care.

Your child will be in the hands of specially trained staff that are taught to provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children to learn and develop in.

There will be a wide variety of activities available for your child to learn and other skills including:

– construction blocks and dough
– imaginative play, with the sand pit, water table or playhouse
– jigsaws and puzzles
– moving and dancing to music
– painting, drawing, gluing and sticking
– simple cooking
– singing
– story time and reading

These activities and skills that they are being taught offer your child a chance to play within a group and with other children, subconsciously learning social skills and developing their confidence.

Each day nursery will have been inspected and registered by the appropriate authority; England’s nurseries: Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), Scotland’s nurseries: HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE), Wales’ nurseries: Estyn, Northern Ireland’s nurseries: Department for Education Northern Ireland (DENI).

Another advantage of sending your child to nursery are the strict rules in place for the parents and students to follow such as pick up times and drop off times.

Nurseries offer a stable and reliable form of childcare as it will constantly be open no matter if a carer is ill or late. Something you and your child can both benefit from.

When you are selecting a nursery for your child to visit, you can ask the nursery these questions to help you determine whether to place is right for your child.
Please visit our website for further information about Rowans Nursery!

Choosing a Nursery

After deciding which school or nursery you would like to visit, and the appointments have been made, it is important to ask the right questions to determine the correct place for your child.

Below we’ve listed some of the questions you may want to ask when visiting a nursery based on:

The environment

Is the school/nursery clean?
Is it well-maintained and organised?
Will your child be safe?
Are the toys in a good condition?
Is this a part of a chain of nurseries, or is it independent?
Is the nursery convenient to get to and leave from?

The atmosphere

Are the children happy and enjoying themselves?
Are the staff members nurturing and caring?
Would you consider the children active and busy, or controlled and directed?

Speak to other parents if possible, there should be a lively atmosphere.

The routine

What would a typical day entail?
Is there a variety of activities including, creative play, sitting down activities, free play and time for rest?
When is nap time, where is it held and how long for? Does the facility have an outdoor play area and if not, are there periods the children will be taken out?

The discipline policy

How would bad behaviour be handled?
What is the discipline policy?
Are well-behaved children rewarded?

The staff’s qualifications

What are the credentials of the teaching staff?
What’s the amount of fully qualified staff that teach here?

The curriculum and Ofsted inspections

Can you view a recent Ofsted report if there is one?
Will your child be able to understand the curriculum?

The food, medicine, and care policies

Are the children given anything to eat if anything, at break times?
Are their dietary and allergy needs that are catered for?
Is there a nurse and does she have a medicine policy? (Nurses are able to administer antibiotics, excluding Calpol and cough medicine, if they have a medicine book.)
Will your child need nappies?

The parent/teacher relationships

Does the school have a flexible attitude to new children and parents like a gradual entry policy?
Are there reports to keep parent’s updated with their child’s progress?
Will there be times when the head teacher is available to talk to parents at the start or the end of each day?
Will there be advice given to parents to encourage their child following the child’s development at the school/nursery?

Anything else

You can ask for the policy on late collections; will there be a charge?
Check whether nappies, dance classes, uniforms, swimming classes, meals and anything else will have an extra charge.
Is the nursery flexible? Will you be able to make up missed days if your child is ill or isn’t available for any other reasons?
Does the nursery give any refunds?
Will there be any extra cost in closing periods or bank holidays?
Is there a fee for deposit and registration?
How far in advance would these fees be due?

Lastly, questions will help you determine some of the basics of a nursery, however, be sure to trust your own instinct on whether you believe your child will thrive and prosper in that particular nursery.
Please visit our website for more information about Rowans Nursery!

How were nurseries invented?

Nurseries are common place in the modern day, but where did they first originate?

The concept of the nursery has been one that started in the 1800’s. Today, it’s common place for young children to attend a nursery in order to further their development and help prepare them for their academic career. So, with the idea of nurseries being widely accepted in modern day, just how did they get started? Find out in our latest blog!

The UK started a trend…

The idea of schooling children has been around for a while in the UK before Margaret McMillan, a Christian with an approach on child development, had the idea of not only had the idea of teaching children but also toddlers and younger. Swapping the concept of sense training and health focus for that of play and self-activity, McMillan introduced a whole new range of child development techniques used in the 1800’s. She’s widely regarded as the originator of the Nursery schooling concept, being a driving force behind child education at the time. Margaret’s sister, Rachel McMillan, also helped her sibling with the nursery concept, opening an open-air nursery in a rundown area of London in 1913. It was around that time that similar methods of teaching would develop in countries such as the USA and Italy, aiming to provide educational methods of aid to children living in poverty.

The development of American nurseries

The idea of nurseries spread rapidly throughout the United States, although the first nursery schools to be built were all privately financed, often being sponsored by universities across the country. Each nursery held a different approach towards the education of children and this was clear to see in their methods of child study. Unlike the nurseries across the UK, American establishments would cater towards the upper and middle-class children of society, whose mothers weren’t participating in paid labour. In the 1920s, the co-op nursery school was developed in the United States, something that focused on the parents aiding in the running of the nursery.

Although the idea of nursery schooling was widely accepted by the public education system throughout the 20th century, the concept was limited in its resources through its cost and the idea that the best place for children to be, when under schooling age, would be at home with their mother. Exceptions were made for children in poor urban areas and also in times of national emergency, notably in both the Great Depression and WWII.

The development of nurseries would continue for a number of years after, with projects like “War on Poverty” aiming to directly fund the educational aspect of children across their respective country and even the world. The continued increase in this area has seen the schooling systems of countries worldwide deliver outstanding knowledge and preparation to children everywhere.

So, what do you think? Is a nursery a vital part of a child’s education and can it be used to give them an advantage in early life?

Let us know in the comments below!

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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.