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evesmama Thu 18-Aug-05 22:24:23

been taking dd to private local nursery with aim of starting her one half day..gradually moving to two then full time in april.

just been going for hour to sit with her and let her get used to it and its still early stages..but what should i be looking for/ asking???

they seem nice(barring one be-jewelled young female member of saff who i saw give evils to one toddler)

got 10 different rroms for different ages etc..lots of nice pictures and areas for children to play/learn...
but toys/books/outdoor games are very worn/old/torn/mucky??is this the norm?

i asked if they 'took' toys/books in and they said yes..but should i be the one providing reading material and toys for my dd while at nursery as well as at home???

dont know if im panicking about her being all grown up or rightfully concerned????
do i need a slap to wake me up??

evesmama Thu 18-Aug-05 23:03:35

anyone?

katymac Thu 18-Aug-05 23:07:39

How old is she?

evesmama Thu 18-Aug-05 23:08:30

2 years 3 months

Mary71 Thu 18-Aug-05 23:09:18

in my honest opinion if you feel comfortable with the place then take a chance. We females often can sense bad things and things that we don't like, if you have any doubts them maybe chat to the organisers. But it does sound like it is the first time you have left your dd and you are feeling like you don't know what to expect and are just cautious, perfectly natural. By all means let her take stuff in but I bet she will be adored and your worried are unnecessary.

evesmama Thu 18-Aug-05 23:11:47

thanks mary
i know im anxious about leaving her..but when i looked at the torn/half books there today..i just wondered what kind of benefit she would get from going?..i know she has to and i know she'll get lots of confidense and friends after a little while..just have very high standards for her and wouldnt want her not having access to things she wants/needs???

katymac Thu 18-Aug-05 23:13:02

I would be a little concerned if all the equipment was very worn

They should have a planned replacement programme

I wouldn't take stuff in (it could get lost/broken/put on a shelf after you have left and be returned when you arrive back)

Do you like it? If not then DD probably won't

Mum2girls Thu 18-Aug-05 23:15:08

My DDs nursery has a fair old mix of stuff, some new, some past its best, but generally not what I would call mucky.

It's common for nurseries to ask parents to contribute magazines, yogurt pots etc for craft work and to take things in on relevant 'project' days (which are then returned.

The most important thing is to visit a few nurseries if you can, so you can compare.

Trust your instincts - do the staff and children look happy? Ask what their staff turnover is like - do they have a mix of younger and older carers? Is there lots of the children's work displayed around the place? As about the meals (if they do them), what their security policy is (i.e. how they prevent escapees and ensure your child is only picked up by you or someone you delegate).

hth

evesmama Thu 18-Aug-05 23:16:18

i would feel a bit rude although im well within my rights to ask about replacements?
but if im paying which i will be till shes 3..then i want to see where mine and other parents money is going.

i have very(too) high standards sometimes...Eve seems to like it but is just wary as its new.

i was gonna take Eves old toys/books in..not to be returned but for them to use.

evesmama Thu 18-Aug-05 23:21:29

The most important thing is to visit a few nurseries if you can, so you can compare.

Trust your instincts - do the staff and children look happy? yes..although speech is quite surprising in those of similar age to dd?

Ask what their staff turnover is like - do they have a mix of younger and older carers? - they have older and young carers..students and parent helpers who are police checked

Is there lots of the children's work displayed around the place? - loads..everywhere

As about the meals (if they do them)- they list the meals so i can see what dd can chose from

what their security policy is (i.e. how they prevent escapees and ensure your child is only picked up by you or someone you delegate). - two entrance doors behind oneanother both require access via manager at front desk..visitors signing in book before you reach second door and lots of staff per room..they laso ask you to provide a diary/notebook with pictures and information of those who can collect children and they also fill this in throughout the day giving me info about what she's done/ate etc


seems although toys are a little shabby, that nursery is above average???

pesha Thu 18-Aug-05 23:31:14

Speech suprising in what way? Does sound very good but i would definately look around even if its places not really in your area or whatever just to give you an idea of other places standards. See if you have the same misgivings about all of them, if so it probably is you panicking a bit about her being all grown up, if not then i would trust your instincts about this one being not quite right, there could be some things you're picking up on subconsciously that are not right hence your feeling of unease

evesmama Fri 19-Aug-05 09:49:55

hmm..thanks pesha..there are none others close by , but i will have a look where the other ones are and do just that.
dp is off monday, so we could investigate others and he is coming to this one to have a look too..think i need a second opinion?

Aimsmum Fri 19-Aug-05 10:21:55

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evesmama Fri 19-Aug-05 10:46:45

yeah thats what i mean Aimsmum..i could understand most of what they said, but only by concentrating, they wer'nt very clear...dd has always had me and other adult company so is very good speaking, just dont want her to regress if the others are a little less understandable or she is not getting enough stimulation.

is your dd back at school today??

Aimsmum Fri 19-Aug-05 13:21:49

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