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Choosing the Right Day Nursery/Playgroup



Once you have made the decision to send your child to nursery, the thought of that impending first day can be a daunting prospect. Many mothers believe the entire process is sometimes easier if you experience leaving your baby with other carers, such as grandparents, relatives and friends, beforehand. The process of choosing a nursery however, should replace your apprehension with excitement, as you will soon be visualising your little one happily playing alongside other children and boosting his social confidence.

When choosing any form of childcare don't rush. Finding a nursery will involve researching your local area, visiting many different careers and asking plenty of questions. A day nursery is normally privately run for children aged three months to five years. Normal hours are from 8am to 6pm all year round except for public holidays. Nurseries adhere to strict ratios of staff to children, as well as guidelines and curriculum set down by the Government.

As many nursery places get booked up in advance, you should begin your research as soon as possible either via the internet or by contacting your local childcare and family information service. You could even ask other parents for their own recommendations. Gradually you will build up a list of facilities that you should call and arrange to visit.

It may be difficult to gauge a true impression of the nursery when first visit. But you should always trust your instinct and the feelings you have concerning its atmosphere, layout, happiness of the children and friendliness of the staff. You should also ask as many questions as possible to the facility manager. Questions you might ask when visiting a nursery are:

Group of children in a primary school in Paris

Be sure to look at the range of toys and note if they are age-appropriate and will encourage your child's development. Don't forget to look at what is on the walls. It is important that there are plenty of drawings and paintings that the children have done themselves, showing that their creativity is valued.

Finding the right nursery can be an anxious time, but when you do it is very rewarding. By going armed with questions and expectations you will instantly gain a better feel for the facility and its suitability for your child and for you.

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