Questions to ask when choosing a nursery school
Taking the first steps into researching nurseries for your child can be daunting and overwhelming, especially if it is for the first time. Yet it doesn’t need to be this way, it can be a fun, exciting and educational journey that you embark on with your child. To help ease some of the confusion, we have rounded up the top 5 questions you should ask when choosing a nursery school.
1 – What curriculum do you work to?
In the UK the government recommends following the Early Years Foundation Standards (EYFS), it is widely used as a way to measure key developments of children in the early years of their education. Not all private nursery schools work to this as it is not a legal requirement. However, at King’s nursery we do use this as a foundation and we focus on three core areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
2 – What are your inspection results and what do other parents think about the level of care provided?
When you visit a nursery open day, keep in mind that you may be presented with an idealistic view of the school. We recommend looking at the nurseries latest inspection results and if possible, speak to parents whose children have attend the nursery.
At King’s nursery we are proud of our inspection results and our latest report from SIS noted:
‘“The children make good progress in their learning and development relative to their starting points and the range of their needs. By the age of three they are well prepared for the next stage of their education.”
“Emotional security is outstandingly well fostered by the particularly caring staff.”
A second opinion from other existing parents can also be a reassuring source of true, honest feedback. Our King’s nursery parents are encouraged to regularly communicate with us and provide feedback. We’re delighted to share their own comments on the exceptional level of care their children receive:
‘King’s Nursery is absolutely excellent.
Both my children have loved their time at King’s. They are very well looked after in a gentle and loving environment. I feel completely reassured leaving my children for the day knowing they are happy and appropriately stimulated.’
3 – What are the school’s key principles and values?
You work hard to teach your children the values you think are important, so you don’t want to send them into a environment where these lessons stop. Finding a school which respects and encourages the same principles as you and your family is something that is often not considered.
At King’s nursery, we cultivate an environment where children feel valued and imagination is alive. We have a strong Christian ethos and this is evident in our teaching philosophy and in the daily life of the school. Throughout their time at King’s, we endeavour to foster a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect with the children, whilst encouraging individuals to feel that their unique contribution is valued.
4 – What are the school fees and are childcare vouchers accepted?
As nursery is not a legal requirement, there are often associated costs. Something to consider are the fees and to ensure that they are manageable. If you are eligible for tax free child care or childcare vouchers it is also important to check if your preferred nursery accepts this. We do accept childcare vouchers at King’s Nursery to help support with the cost of childcare.
5 – What are your terms dates, hours of care and do you have any restrictions/minimum requirements?
So that you can ensure that the nursery can support the level of care that your require for you child, it’s good to have an understanding of any restrictions for timings and term dates.
At King’s nursery we do do ask that your child spends a minimum of 2 full days with us.
If you are prepared and you know what you require from a prospective nursery, finding the right placement for your child should be as easy as ABC. If you are interested in what we have to offer you and your child at King’s School and Nursery, we would love to welcome you to join us for an open day or you can learn more about us by requesting a prospectus.