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March Blog 2024: What to look for in a Nursery

March 9, 2024

What to look for in a Nursery


What To Look For In A Good Nursery

What I need to know

  • Happy, approachable staff.
  • Recommendations from friends.
  • A welcoming feel.
  • Attractive, bright, and clean space.
  • Toys that are well looked after and show variety. These should be clean and well organised.
  • Look for a five-star food rating.
  • Outdoor space that is as engaging and as exciting as indoors.
  • Relaxed atmosphere.

The essentials to know before your child starts nursery at three years old?

For you:

  • Stay calm, don’t be anxious. Be confident that your child will be fine.
  • Trust the staff. They are professional and have your child’s best interests at heart.
  • Try and socialise your child before they start nursery at three.
  • Always leave plenty of time to get your child into nursery. Being short of time will make you and your child stressed.
  • Visit the nursery before the start date. Learn the names of some staff members.

For your child:

  • Teach putting on and taking off their own shoes. This is hard, so make sure the shoes fit and are easy to put on. Velcro, no laces.
  • Can they put on their own coat, take it off, and hang it on a peg?
  • They should be able to use the toilet by themselves.
  • Will your child help tidy up?
  • Do they know how to blow their nose?
  • Are they able to use please and thank you?
  • Use books and stories at home to show your child what nursery might be like.

Books to share about staring nursery or school:

  • Tilda Tries again by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury)
  • Maisy Goes to Nursery by Lucy Cousins (Walker)
  • Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (Puffin)
  • I am too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child (Puffin)
  • The Colour Monster goes to School by Anna Llenas (Templar)
  • Hugless Douglas goes to Little School by David Melling (Hodder)
  • Come to School too Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark and Alice Frayn (HarperCollins)
  • Harry and the Dinosaurs go to school by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds (Puffin)
  • Lucy and Tom at School by Shirley Hughes (Red Fox)
  • Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley (Dragonfly)