Small nursery or big nursery?

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breatheslowly Fri 15-Mar-13 16:06:01

I'm in a bit of a quandary about DD's nursery. Is a nursery being small (in terms of children numbers) a positive or negative? I can see advantages in the small one (about 25 children) in terms of personalisation, but feel a little concerned about DD having a small cohort of other children to play with. The big one is about 80 children and feels a bit conveyor belt.

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insancerre Fri 15-Mar-13 17:42:05

I've worked in many nurseries and most had small groups, even if they had lots of children in.
The biggest group was 24 children (pre-school)
Even if you send them to a big nursery they will still have a small cohort of children of each age group.

breatheslowly Fri 15-Mar-13 18:21:48

I'm looking at the difference between a room of max 24 or a room of max 12. I am not sure if 12 is enough.

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MajaBiene Sat 16-Mar-13 21:36:03

Small is better, I don't see any advantage in a small child being in a big group. I deliberately chose a baby room of 6 under 2s and a 2-3 room of 12 for DS.

MajaBiene Sat 16-Mar-13 21:36:47

24 is probably alright for 3-4 year olds, but I would steer clear of anything over 16 for little ones.

FossilMum Sat 16-Mar-13 21:47:59

Go for the one with the nicest, kindest, most involved-with-the-children-looking staff.

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