Don’t rush in, have a little think about what is essential for you.
Things you may consider:
Trust, care, academia, inspiring, healthy eating, opening hours, and so on
Once you have some values and requirements, it will now be more comfortable to filter out nurseries, and you will know when you visit the right one.
Have a browse online using search engines, local forums, local social media pages and reviews.
Personal recommendations of someone who has used or using the service is a great idea. But remember we all make choices for different reasons, do their reasons match your values and needs.
Now that you have a shortlist book a visit. You should be able to call or email for a viewing.
Before viewings make a few notes of questions helping you understand if they meet your values and needs, don’t take too long on this because your emotions will be necessary for the next bit.
During the viewing
Our top questions to ask yourself:
- Are the children happy and busy?
- Are the staffs overall happy and caring? Keep in mind one person can be having a bad day but not all of them
- Is the manager welcoming and transparent with answers?
- What are their values?
- Do their values match mine?
Now you have all your information, but you might still be a bit unsure about something. Give the nursery a call and be honest.
Then listen to your gut on this, you probably know which one you like.
Don’t worry about registration fees and timescales; if you want the nursery; join.
Now go and have fun, you will know it when you see it!!!