It can be challenging for any parent to find a nursery that they trust. Leaving your child in a strangers hands can be a stressful experience. We asked professional Birmingham nursery, Sandhills Day Nursery to give us some advice on what you should look for in a nursery day care centre.
Are All Day Care Nurseries Registered and Inspected?
Yes, all nurseries should be registered and inspected. Any decent nursery should have their displayed prominently in the day nursery. If it is not immediately apparent to you, ask a member of staff where it is displayed.
Does the Nursery have a Good Reputation?
The indication of a good nursery is any recommendation through different parents that you meet. On entry to a nursery, make an effort to chat to the parents and acquire a feel for what it is like. Furthermore ask local parents in the area to see what they have observed about it too.
Your initial impressions are also crucial. Is there an amicable and enticing setting? Is it clean, tranquil and do the children seem satisfied and occupied? It’s very important to pay attention to your instincts.
What Policies and Regulations are in Place?
There should be an implemented fire escape policy that every staff member is aware of.
Security must also be a prioritised. Check that children can’t leave the building and that nobody can enter without being noticed.
To keep a nursery safe it is imperative to have enough staff to watch over children. The UK guidelines are: one adult to three children aged two and younger; one adult to four children aged between two and three and one adult to eight children aged between three and five.
A good nursery is also extremely clean. Rubbish bins should not be left full and the building should be heated, lit and ventilated well.
What Activities should a Nursery Offer?
All nurseries in the UK have a number have to follow the early years foundation stage (EYFS). Although many of these activities seem like “Playing,” they are actually fundamental to child development. They include but are not limited to, art, imaginative games, storytelling and reading, dance, music, singing and cooking. Television is not normally encouraged at a good nursery. An outdoor area is also important to let your child get some fresh air during the day.
How should the Staff Act?
Look for staff members who have balanced views on sleep, food and discipline. Well-trained nursery staff will ask questions about your child. They should get to know you by talking and updating you at the end of the day.
If you are looking for a good Birmingham nursery, contact us at Sandhills Day Nursery.