Nursery & Early Learning Centres in South Shields. Secure, Safe Child Care, CCTV Monitoring, Baby Care Unit, Special Needs Co-ordinators & Early Years Child Development.
When choosing the perfect nursery or day care centre for your baby, toddler or pre-school child, you may be wondering about the best way to ensure you pick the right one. As you might suspect, not all nurseries operate to the same standard or give the same level of care, but there are always clues to look out for. Here is a list complied from several reliable sources including The Independent, with a few hints and tips to assist your search:-
Word of Mouth – Try and talk to parents of children who are already attending the nursery, to see if their child is happy there and if the parents are satisfied with the way the day care centre is run.
Visit – Arrange to visit the nursery, it is a good sign if the nursery has an open door policy to parents and welcomes you to look around. Fun and educational activities should be available, including painting, drawing, glueing, playhouse, water and sand play, story-time, construction, jigsaws, puzzles, singing, moving around, dancing, simple cookery and some computer work.
Building – Your first impressions are important, is the building clean, tidy and well organised, with clear labelling on drawers etc. Is there a good selection of toys and resources in good condition. Are there specific areas such as the science corner, the the construction corner and the book corner and is the children’s artwork displayed on the walls. Does it look like a safe environment and what security measures are employed, CCTV? Restricted access? Are sinks and toilets clean and not smelly? There should be adequate provision for outdoor play in secure surroundings, with age appropriate toys.
Children – How do the children seem? In a good nursery, there is usually a happy and busy hum, there ought to be a balance between concentration and stimulation without over excitement. Are the children encouraged to be confident and express themselves or make decisions and can you see evidence of skilful adult guidance in learning through play.
Babies – Is there a dedicated area for babies, and does it seem comfortable, cheerful, clean and safe. Go by your gut instincts when choosing your child’s nursery, if you don’t feel relaxed and contented, neither will your child.
Staff – It is crucial that the staff are not only qualified, but enjoy working with children and show an interest in them. Watch how they relate to the children and note whether or not they are happy to work with you and report to you if needed at the end of the day. Do staff undergo ongoing training to keep their skills up to date.
Our web promotion partners Ashfield Nursery in Stanhope Rd, South Shields, provide a quality child day care service for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. Staff pride themselves on their relationship with the children and parents alike, and welcome parental involvement. A wide range of activities are provided and there are two secure outdoor areas, the nursery also has 24 hour CCTV monitoring. The nursery is clean and safe, and staff receive a programme of continual training and knowledge development. Ashfield Nursery are extremely proud of the warm and friendly atmosphere at their nursery, as demonstrated by their parent comments.
Call Ashfield Nursery, Stanhope Rd, South Shields on 0191 455 0777