Choosing a Nursery: Make Sure You Choose the Best for Your Little One
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This time of year is a common time for mums, who have been on maternity leave, to venture their way back into the workplace. The difficulties facing women returning to work after maternity leave are well documented and, as you can expect, are a source of worry that can lead to stress.
As well as having the burden of coping with going back to work, it also more than likely that you will be tasked with choosing a suitable nursery or day care for your little one. While this may seem like something relatively straight-forward, it is actually more complicated than you think; this is especially the case when you realise that you will actually have to leave your child in the hands of a stranger. Yes, exactly!
Choose Somewhere Outstanding
This one is actually the most important, but also the most straight-forward; we all want the best for those we love, so why settle for second best for your beautiful children?
If you can remember back to your schooldays, then you probably remember those stern looking men and women in the corner of the room taking notes and assessing your teacher; this was probably the only time that he or she had the whole of the class on their side and co-operating fully.
Anyway, those were OFSTED inspectors, and guess what, they also do the same for nurseries. Therefore choosing a nursery that has an Outstanding OFSTED report should be your main priority, it also gives you that little bit of extra reassurance that your child will be in the safest hands possible.
Keep Everything Close To You
Another important consideration is to make sure that you are within easy reaching distance of both your place of work and the nursery. A friend of mine recently started sending her baby girl to her local nursery in Hove, luckily for her she works a brisk fifteen minute walk away. She was really apprehensive about sending her daughter to nursery at first, but the fact that she is so close by has really helped put her mind at rest and I can report than both mother and daughter are very happy.
This is not only something that is worth considering for this very reason, but it also allows you to spend as little time as possible travelling, this is something that is worth taking into account as you will be surprised at how quickly you tire when you first start working again.
Check It Out For Yourself
A nursery should provide the foundations of your child’s education for the rest of their life and that is why this a decision which should not be taken lightly. It is essential that you go and take a look at the nursery yourself so that you can gauge whether or not it is suitable for you child- just because it has an outstanding OFSTED report, does not mean it is the right one for your child.
Spend some time with the members of staff and try to decide whether or not they would be a good fit for your son or daughter. You can also spend this time looking around the facilities; there should be a variety of educational and leisure ones available for your child to enjoy. Remember, a large proportion of the time they spend at nursery will be playing and interacting with other children, this is essential for their future social development.
Remember that there are numerous considerations to take into account when choosing a nursery but I hope that these initial points have been enough to get you started and find the perfect place for your child.
Guest post by Tom Ward of ThoughtShift.