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.   Turtles 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 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?
- What is your strategy for continuity of care?
- Will my child have a key worker(s)?
- Can I see your complaints register?
- What is the early years free entitlement and how does this work?

- How will you keep my child safe? 
  How will I be involved in this?
- How can I be involved in my child’s life at nursery?
- How do you manage staff absences with regard to ensuring you have the correct number of staff at all times.
 - What is included in the fees?
Are there additional charges for early starts or late finishes?
Are Nappies and wipes provided?