Choosing a Nursery

Choosing a nursery for your child is possibly one of the hardest decisions you have to make. It is a decision full of expectation, emotion and, of course, anxiety. At Nelly's we know that your children are the most precious things that you have. To help you make your decision we have prepared some questions that you may wish to ask when visiting nurseries. We hope these will help......

  • - What percentage of your staff are qualified? To what Level?
  • - Do you keep any available spaces for emergency care? (having a waiting list is all very well but how does the nursery ensure that they can accommodate you if you require additional care for your child at short notice)?
  • - How will you accommodate my child’s routine?
  • - How will you take account of my opinions on potty training, discipline and cultural preferences?
  • - How will you accommodate my child’s likes and dislikes?
  • - What experience do you have of children with particular learning, physical and behavioural requirements?
  • - What are the ages of the children in each room. How will you decide when and how my child progresses through the nursery?
  • - How do you observe my child’s development and report back to me?

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"The nursery school is an extension of the function of the home, not a substitute for it; but experience has shown that it brings to the child such a great variety of benefits."
(Isaacs 1954)