Ten Top Tips For Choosing A Nursery

May 02, 2021

If you’re looking for a nursery for your child, it can be difficult to know what to look for, especially if this is your first child.

While there are likely a good number of friends and family offering advice, you will want to know that your child will be safe, looked after properly, and be happy there. Many of us have all been in the same position, so we have our top ten tips for choosing a nursery.

1. One of the first things to check is if the nursery you are considering is registered with Ofsted, and you should ask to see the most recent Ofsted report which will detail the quality of nursery education and care, as well as the appropriateness of the equipment and facilities.

2. When visiting the nurse, you may want to check that they have an established history, offer a warm welcome and a pleasant atmosphere, that there is a safe and stimulating outdoor play area, and the facilities look bright, clean, attractive and warm. You might also want to check for parking, for when you drop off and pick up your child.

3. Is there food fresh and is it also prepared daily? Can they cater for special diets? Are the menus varied as well as nutritional?

4. Do the children present appear to be happy and occupied, and is there a good staff to child ratio?

5. As well as happy staff, do they have the right qualifications, such as being trained in Paediatric First Aid, have been DBS checked?

6. How will staff record your child’s activities and achievements, and do you have a single point of contact?

7. What will the charge be, and what does this include?

8. What provision is there for activities, potty training, emergency procedures, discipline & other nursery policies?

9. Did you enjoy your visit, and did the nursery offer any trial sessions?

10. Speak to friends and family when choosing a nursery – personal recommendations are an excellent start. If possible look at thank you notes as well as the testimonials on websites.

If you’re looking for children’s nurseries in Manchester, then talk to us today!

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22:22 01 Nov 19
Wow!!!! Were to begin.. this is by far the best nursery I could have sent my children too. The staff are extremely... friendly helpful and ensure the children are cared for and they learnt so much. My children settled really well and have both enjoyed being here. Seeing them so happy and always excited for the next day at paintpots Manchester makes me feel so at ease leaving them. They are always involving parents in everything and make you feel like one big family. A massive thank you to everyone who works there and all you have done. Looking forward to extending our family into their welcoming nursery again in the future.read more
Kelsey Gervis
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15:20 25 Oct 19
Both my children and Went this nursery would definitely recommend!! Great activities and lovely staff.
Strong Mama
Strong Mama
12:02 10 Oct 19
Lovely nursery. My son went in for 2 days but the staff were great and genuine. Will definitely be returning when I... start my second year of studies next year and my son is 2. Ideal location. Lovely staff. Thank you everyone. You've been greatread more
Italia Rice
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20:55 30 May 19
My child has been here and its absolutely fab! The staff are so good and the pics they send every daybonto my phone... make my day!! Thank you xxread more
15:45 21 Mar 19
Staff seems to be very close to children and that is very important. In addition, the nursery encourage children to... engage in messy and sensory play to learn and develop.read more
mark pearson
mark pearson
05:21 22 May 18
Sent my step-son here for over 2 years before he started school. Perfect location, great staff and most importantly, he... loved it. Only issue was the refurbishment of the building taking place, but they even managed to use that as a learning experience and the kids all loved the builders and diggers opposite!!read more
Megan Davies
Megan Davies
12:41 31 Jan 18
I Sent my little girl here from a small baby and watched her grow in to a confident, bright young lady. I could not... praise and thank the staff here enough, they were like our second family. Very relaxed, friendly, homely environment with the children at the centre of everything they do.read more
James Bradley
James Bradley
12:38 27 Jan 18
I sent my child to this Nursery after having sent his 2 older siblings. I work in the City Centre and they love the... place, they all did. There are staff that have been there for over 10 years, location is fantastic and whilst the recent renovation works have not been ideal, it hasn't affected the care one bit. Somehow, they even find a way to make activities that involve the construction materials. Can't recommend highly enough!!read more
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15:29 27 Mar 17
Best nursery my daughter has attended. Embarrassed to say but due to domestic issues she has been to 4 nurseries. now... that I'm in the clear and can chose any nursery she has started back at this nursery❤️❤️ Kind understanding staff. Very friendly and professional.read more
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