If its so good why is there space?

(9 Posts)
TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Wed 27-Feb-13 08:50:26

Hi

Now that maternity leave gets some pay for nine months, lots more people take nine or twelve months off, so nurseries have fewer younger babies than they used to, but still need to move babies up to toddler room when they are toddling, so baby rooms can be quiet.

The baby room is often much quieter than the rooms for children aged 1+. We had no problem finding a nursery space for DS2 when he was 5-6 months old (and I had to go back to work) but it was very, very difficult to find a place for him at 1 when we had to move area for work. Lots of women where we live (and, crucially, where our nursery is) take a year mat leave and book their nursery place in the early toddler room a long, long time in advance.

BrendaB85 Wed 27-Feb-13 08:42:14

We're so thrilled with our nursery, it's based in Trafford in Manchester. It's not full to capacity at the moment. But the care my child recieves is fantastic. The staff really shwo support for each child. I wouldn't change it for the world.

Children at the top of the nursery age group all leave to go to school in September, but they join at the lower ages at all times of year, so they will tend to fill gradually over the year until September and then it all starts again. If you like it then go for it.

NaNaNatman Mon 18-Feb-13 12:38:02

Thanks guys smile

I know I was just worrying for nothing, it just all seemed too good to be true, of course if there was any problems I would only be complaining!

There is just no pleasing some people!

YeahBuddy Mon 18-Feb-13 11:32:50

I also really like the webcam option, I wish the DTs nursery did this so I could see what they actually do with them to tire them out so much! But then again, considering the nursery can't even manage to fix the outside lights so that it is pitch black at pick up time I can't imagine them being capable of putting webcams in the rooms... hmm

Dirtymistress Mon 18-Feb-13 11:25:29

Because lots and lots of people rely on their own parents to provide child care. We are about the only people we know who have to use a nursery. Ours is wonderful and there wasn't a waiting listsmile

YeahBuddy Mon 18-Feb-13 11:23:46

I wouldn't worry too much about there being spaces, I think that's just how it happens sometimes, particularly with the baby and toddler rooms. They could have just had a couple of children move up to the next room and in a couple of months the baby room will be full again. I've noticed loads of changes like this at my DTs nursery but it's never bothered me - for at least a month they were the only ones in the room for a whole day and now the room is almost full every day again!

NaNaNatman Mon 18-Feb-13 11:18:35

So we looked around all our local nurseries and it came down to two, our decision was swayed because of cost.

The nursery we have gone with allow me to choose the days for my DS, I work a 4 week rolling rota so works perfectly, one week he's in on a Friday the next a Monday ect. This is the only nursery locally that allows you to do this.

They are quite relaxed about pickup and drop offs, as long as they are picked up before 6pm (closing time) otherwise we get charged per 15 mins. So when it was snowing I saw someone collect there DS with a sledge.

They have webcams for each room that for an additional fee you can access and watch your child, we don't want the access as it is blocked in both mine and my partners work.

All the above points seem great to me and makes it seem like a fab nursery, BUT there was no waiting list, it is quiet (in the baby room at least). Am I worrying excessively or do any of the above points seem strange?

He is currently having a settling in period and I am a worry, I think I just need some reassurance please?

He is 8 months

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