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When looking for a nursery

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Meganstar · 05/03/2012 12:25

When you are looking for a nursery what kind of things do you look for ?

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babybouncer · 05/03/2012 14:57

Mainly gut feeling - especially the way nursery staff respond to you and your LO when you go round.

But I think rationally, that gut feeling was based on:
happy children
low staff turnover
staff and children engaged in activities of some sort
children's 'work' displayed on the walls
suitable resources and environments for different types of play and nappy changing/toilets, eating areas etc
information for parents about what things are planned/have been happening, menus etc. either up on the wall or

You can look at their Ofsted report, but take it all with a pinch of salt as a lot of it is based on health and safety paperwork - this is important, but it won't tell you that much about the quality of care

You should also find out about availability of spaces, how flexible they are about changing days/ early pick-ups, whether they accept preschool vouchers and adapting themselves for your personal requirements (e.g. if you have specific dietary requirements)

EdithWeston · 05/03/2012 15:00

Do find out about late fees and the length of the notice period. Dull underpinnings, I know, but important if you have a flaky commute and when you come to leave, as both can cost a lot.

TimothyClaypoleLover · 05/03/2012 16:13

Definitely your gut feeling as well as the rational stuff. Also, if you know others who have used certain nurseries recommendations are good.

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