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    What To Look For In A Nursery Setting  
 

 

 

 Nine things to look for in a childcare setting :

 

1 – Have you received a warm welcome?

The welcome you receive as a visitor will give you an insight into the general attitude and disposition of the nursery staff. Are they friendly and welcoming? Do they deal with you and other families and children in a professional and caring manner?

 

2 – Is the nursery secure?

Does the nursery have an entry system? Are you expected to sign in when visiting the nursery? What areas do the children have access to? Are they supervised closely enough in the different areas? Visiting a nursery for the first time is an ideal moment to answer these questions and ease any concerns you may have.

 

3 – Do the children follow a structured routine?

Ask whether there are set times for activities, mealtimes, outdoor play. Do the children look calm, happy and engaged? Do the nursery staff appear to be in control of activities and engaging with the children?

 

4 – What is the ratio of staff to children?

Look for a ratio of three children to one staff member for children up to 24 months, four to one for 24 to 33 months eight to for 36 months and above.

 

5 – How busy is the nursery?

A good nursery should be a hive of activity and provide a happy and stimulating environment for the children in its care.

 

6 – Mealtimes

Visiting a nursery around a mealtime could be a good way of finding out about mealtime routines and the food on offer. Does the food look wholesome and healthy? Are the children closely supervised whilst they are eating?  Do the children look to be eating happily? Are menus available for you to view?

 

7 – Are the staff happy and engaged with the children in their care?

Notice the atmosphere and listen to the staff around. Do the staff seem happy and caring, and are they paying attention to the needs of the children and showing an interest?

 

8 – What qualifications / experience and checks do the staff have?

From Nursery Assistants to Managers, all staff should have suitable qualifications. Have all the staff been DBS checked? Don’t be afraid to ask questions when having conversations with the Manager or any of the staff.

 

9 – Will your child’s medical conditions be cared for?

If your child has, or develops, any medical conditions during their time at nursery, will their needs be cared for? What facilities are in place to be able to do this? How are medicines administered and are they recorded? Do staff have any experience of specific medical conditions and are all the staff first aid trained?

 And Ten reasons to choose Learning Curve:

1.    Established for 18 years

2.    Qualified and skilled staff

3.    Welcoming and caring environment

4.    Extensive outdoor gardens and play areas

5.    Home-cooked food

6.    Modern, spacious, purpose-built setting

7.    Close to Royal Wootton Bassett, West Swindon and M4 Junction 16

8.    Easy and safe on-site parking

9.    Open all year round

10.  Emphasis on learning through play

 

 

 

 

Learning Curve Day Nursery

Brinkworth Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon, SN4 8DS

t. 01793 851495

 

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