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A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Nursery for your family!

Choosing a nursery for your little one is a HUGE decision to make, but is one that you can have fun with along the way! It’s essential to get out and about to get a feel for your local options – the setting itself and the people who work there, but also the activities they do, and how good a fit they could be for your child!

In this guide, we’ll explore some key considerations to help you navigate the process of selecting a nursery with confidence.

  1. Make a ‘Must Have’ list based on Your Priorities:

Before diving into your search, take some time to reflect on what matters most to you and your family. Consider factors such as location, cost, hours of operation, access to outdoor play, and the nurseries philosophy and vision. Understanding your priorities will help you narrow down your options and focus on nurseries that align with your values and preferences.

  1. Research and Visit Potential Nurseries:

Once you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for, start researching nurseries in your area. Take advantage of online resources, such as social media sites, company websites and parent reviews sites such as, to gather information about each facility’s reputation and offerings. Once you’ve whittled it down, get in touch to check availability for your child, then get your show round booked in!

Make a list of potential nurseries to visit and schedule tours to get a firsthand look at their environment, curriculum, and safety measures.

During your visits, pay attention to the following:

Learning opportunities and activities: Ask about the curriculum and daily activities offered to ensure they are age-appropriate and stimulating for your child’s development.

Interaction with staff: Observe how the team interacts with the children and each other. Look for warm, nurturing relationships and a genuine passion for working with young children!

Cleanliness and organisation: A well-maintained and organised facility is essential for providing a safe and healthy environment for children.

Safety protocols: Ask about the nursery’s safety policies, including emergency procedures, staff training, and supervision ratios.

Routines: It’s important to factor in your current routine, and how the nursery will be able to mirror this. Check out our typical Kids Planet routine here, but talk to your local nursery about how your current routine would play into this, as we are always happy to work around what works for your child!

Parent communication: Find out about the nursery’s communication practices, including how they keep parents informed about their child’s day and any concerns that may arise. Here at Kids Planet, we use Parentzone to keep in touch with parents throughout the day. See more on this here.

We’ve written up a full blog with suggested questions to ask on your nursery show around, which you can check out here.

  1. Trust Your Instincts:

While gathering information and touring nurseries is essential, ultimately, trust your instincts when deciding. Pay attention to how you feel during your visits and interactions with staff. Your gut reaction can often provide valuable insights into whether a nursery is the right fit for your child and your family!

  1. Take your child for a visit too! Where do they seem happiest?

Above all, remember to keep your child’s individual needs and personality in mind throughout the decision-making process. Consider factors such as their temperament, learning style, and any specific preferences or sensitivities they may have. Where are they going to feel safe and comfortable? Choose a nursery where you feel confident that they will receive the attention, support, and stimulation they need to thrive!

Deciding on a nursery is a significant decision – it can influence your child’s early development, and your peace of mind as a parent. By determining your priorities, researching potential options, trusting your instincts, and considering your child’s needs, you can find the perfect nursery for your family. Remember that finding the right nursery is a collaborative effort between your family and the team at the nursery, working together to create a nurturing and enriching environment for your child’s all important early years.

For more information on what Kids Planet can offer please download our prospectus here

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