Choosing a day nursery is one of the most important decisions a parent will have to make. Below is a list of important points to consider when looking at a nursery.
Before you view
- Ensure that the nursery is registered with the Care Inspectorate. Their registration certificate should be displayed together with a current certificate of insurance in the entrance of all nurseries.
- Check that the nursery has a Care Inspectorate report and read the comments and suggestions. (N.B. new nurseries don't receive their inspection until 6 to 12 months after registration)
- Check opening and closing times to insure that they meet you needs. It might also be worth asking if the nursery fins parents for being late for pickup.
- What will the cost be and what does that include e.g. food and nappies.
Questions to ask and confirm
Legally, 50% of staff must hold relevant childcare qualifications such as Level 2 or equivalent. One member of staff should have a First Aid Certificate and all supervisors are required to have a Level 3 or equivalent. Staff rations must also be adhered to which in Scotland are 1:3 for 0-2 years, 1:5 for 2-3 years and 1:8 for 3-5 years.
These are a minimum standard, and a good nursery should be working well beyond this.
Questions for the manager
Questions for practitioners
Things to check when viewing
Happy, Safe and Clean
Things to consider after your visit
- Did you enjoy your visit?
- Were staff confident in answering any questions you had?
- Was it friendly, relaxed and informative?
- If your child went with you, did they enjoy the visit?
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