For working parents, the top priority for returning to work is finding childcare that is the perfect fit for their family. There are many things that are important to consider in this search. To feel comfortable leaving your child with somebody, you need to feel secure that they are responsible, trained, and know your child. Day Nursery is a common choice for parents looking for these things.
Nursery a place where many children are looked after, grouped by age, by qualified professionals. There are usually over 20 children in each group, although this will very depending on the size of the establishment. Nursery has benefits that some other childcare options don’t. If you’re considering nursery, it could be helpful to know these things:
Make new friends
In a nursery, you and your child will have the opportunity to meet other families of the same age. This can be the start of lifelong friendships, or at the very least support from mothers who have children at the same stage. You can organise playdates, find a babysitter, and have more people to speak to who understand what it’s like to have young children. Young children who are around others will soon learn about sharing and communication with those around him.
Early start on education
The early years are amongst the most valuable for developing babies. It’s the time when they learn about everything in the world, so the earlier that education starts the better. In a seven year study, in which over 3000 children were monitored, those who had the longest time in nursery education did the best in reading, writing, and arithmetic at the age of 7. Those who begun school at a young age, which is two or younger, were up to a year ahead of other children.
Safe, reliable childcare
The top priority when choosing any childcare is that your child is in a safe environment. Nurseries are monitored by Ofsted and other regulatory bodies to ensure that they meet a high standard. Staff are DBS checked and usually have qualifications in Childcare or Early Years Development. You can be sure that the nursery won’t close if one member of staff is ill, and they’re open five days a week. For some, this reliability is vital.
Depending on the age of your child, and your financial status, you could be eligible for grants that support nursery education. All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare from public nurseries per week. This is expected to double, to 30 hours per week, in the future. If you have income support, or other government welfare support, you are eligible to free childcare for two year old children as well.
When choosing a nursery, it’s important to make sure you find one that fits your needs. Speak to everybody so that you know that you like the staff, that they’re well trained and that you’re happy with where your child will be spending their days. Smaller class sizes will ensure that your child will get some individual attention as well. The key is choosing a nursery school that is good quality, so you know that your little one is getting the best start.