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Barkantine Community Nursery in E14(1 Post)
Has anyone got recent experience with the Barkantine Community Nursery please, either the baby room or the family room? There are hardly any reviews online, and the ones I found are from 2008-2013.
I visited the nursery today and mostly liked it. It has a cosy, homely feel and the staff seemed friendly - even the cleaner chatted to me and explained how often toys and cushions are cleaned, etc ... lol I've been a bit OCD with cleanliness since my little one started crawling and now toddling around and touching everywhere and putting everything in his mouth. I can share other things that I liked about the nursery if anyone is interested but I didn't want to write too long a post.
The two most recent Ofsted reviews are Good and Outstanding, which is great, but they are from 2012. So nothing recent there either.
The main thing that concerns me I guess the fact that children 2-5 years old are all together in the same room. They have two "family rooms" they call them upstairs for children 2-5 yrs old.
Why do other nurseries not do it this way, there must be a good reason? I'm worried a bigger and more active 4 year old might knock over my ds while running around - kids will be kids after all and it's none of their fault. I don't know if that's an actual concern or am I being just too protective? Anyone sent their lo to a mixed age room/nursery?
Also another aspect of having children of different ages in the same room - activities and learning. Surely a 2 yr old needs different games to help them learn than a 4 year old? How can they cater for everyone needs and interest?
And how do you determine the staff to children ratio in a mixed age room?
I didn't want this to sound as a negative post. Quite on the contrary, I liked the nursery, it's just this one aspect that I'm unsure about and that's why I wanted to hear if other people have any relevant experience.
Thanks a lot!
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