Example - Choosing a Nursery Place checklist

Below is a checklist with some guide as to what parents may take into consideration when looking for a nursery for their child.

At Totally Kidz Day Nursery, we believe in developing close and positive relationships with children and their parents from the start. Therefore, we will maintain a positive attitude and showcase quality care and teaching practices at all times to ensure all parents have a positive image of the nursery.

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Part 1: Nursery checklist

✔ Will it be more convenient to have a place at a nursery near to your home or your work location?

✔ Is the nursery close or convenient for dropping off and picking up on time each day?

✔ Is the nursery open at a time of year that’s convenient for your work or social commitments? Term time only or year round provision?

✔ Have you spoken to family and friends who live nearby, do they recommend a particular nursery and why?

✔ You may wish to consider joining an online forum for local Mums and ask for their feedback on local nurseries

Part 2: Nursery checklist

✔ How are you and your child greeted by staff on arrival

✔ Does the nursery seems safe and secure, are children well contained and safe from leaving on their own or with someone other than a parent?

✔ Are the children already at the nursery settled and happy?

✔ Are the staff attentive to children and each other?

✔ Are the children engaged in various activities with the support and supervision of staff

✔ Do the staff joining in and enjoying their work?

✔ Are the individual needs of the child provided for? Are parents allowed to give input on how their child is cared for at the setting?

✔ Are there set activities planned throughout the day that the children are familiar with and come to recognise as part of their daily routine?

✔ Where do the children nap if needed?

✔ Are their suitable toileting and potty training policies in place?

✔ Does the setting look well-kept and organised? Do the children have a space for their bags/coats/bits ‘n bobs where they can see their name displayed?

✔ Does the setting look and feel like a well-run service?

✔ Are you able to talk to parents of children who already attend the setting?

✔ What does the OFSTED report say? Does the nursery meet your own standards as a provider?

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Part 3: Nursery checklist

✔ What will my child eat and how do you deal with fussy eating if that is an issue?

✔ How do you deal with bad behaviour and how do you promote good behaviour?

✔ Will my child be able to have a bit of ‘quite time’ if it all gets too much during the day? Where will he/she be able to do this?

✔ How much outdoor play do the children have during the day?

✔ Will I get daily written or verbal progress reports?

✔ If I am working on a particular behaviour or process at home, will you continue to implement this within the setting?

✔ Enquire about the cost. Some nurseries charge a top up fee over and above the free entitlement if your child qualifies.

✔ Are the staff ratios in line with the government guidelines?

✔ What happens if staff are off ill, how are the ratios maintained?

✔ Will my child be kept with the same group of children for the duration of the session?

✔ What is the illness policy should my child become unwell?

✔ What is the policy for other people collecting my child, what safeguards are in place?

✔ What is the staff turnover like at the nursery? What has it been in the past and how long has my child’s soon to be key worker been employed at the nursery?

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