Both Rachel and Elena (founders of FountNursery/FountLondon) have had to make the decision regarding choosing a nursery. They understand the importance of your decision and want to make sure you’re equipped to pick the best choice of setting for your child. Therefore, listed below are some considerations you should think about when viewing any nursery setting, or even to ask the nursery prior to joining.
FountNursery often organise ‘Open Evenings’ for prospective parents. This gives them the opportunity to look around the setting. The dates of Open Evenings are usually announced via our social media and can often be found on our homepage. If you miss an Open Evening, please do not hesitate to contact our Management team who will be happy to help you organise a private show around.
Things to Consider when Choosing a Nursery:
- Is the setting welcoming?
- What qualifications do staff have?
- Do the nursery operate with a key person system?
- On a daily basis, is fresh food cooked?
- Is there variety in the menu?
- Are extra activities provided?
- Are children taken out of the setting on a daily basis?
- Do staff seem engaged and connected with children?
- Do children appear happy and contented?
- What was the result of their most recent Ofsted inspection?
- How often does the nursery communicate with parents?
- Does the nursery offer Parent’s Evenings?
- What curriculum does the nursery follow?
Helpful Bits and Bobs:
Understanding Child Development App: unfortunately, this is only available on iOS devices but it is incredibly helpful.
Five Steps to Choosing Childcare: the Family and Childcare Trust have written a great guide on how to choose childcare for your child.
Children’s Centres and Nurseries: Hackney Learning Trust have given a guide on local children’s centres and nurseries.
What to Expect, When?: Foundation Years have provided a guide on what you can expect from your children and when, during the early stages of development.
Find an Ofsted Inspection: this tool gives you the ability to search for Ofsted inspections for any potential or local setting.
Early Education: a national charity supporting early years practioners.
Pre-School Learning Alliance: the largest and most representative early years membership in England.