If you are trying to decide whether your child is ready to go to nursery, but you need a bit more information before you make up your mind, then hopefully this blog will help.
Some parents choose to send their child to nursery because of work commitments and some simply want their child to start developing their social and learning skills, before starting school.
Whatever your reason, deciding when is the right time to start nursery is always difficult for parents.
To help give you some guidance, here is some helpful advice from Riverside Nursery Schools…
What is the right age for nursery?
Most nurseries accept children from the age of three months to five years, however some pre-schools or playgroups, may require children to be over two. It is best to check the admission requirements with your local nurseries. Trust your instincts when deciding the right age. If your child has started to try things on their own, become more curious and developed an interest in other children, then these are all good signs that your child is ready to start nursery.
How do I choose a nursery?
When to begin nursery is very much down to your individual circumstances, however it is important that you make plenty of visits to find the nursery most suited to your child’s needs. Before you visit, make a list of all the things that are important to you and any questions you may have. It is also a good idea to take your child along to see how they interact in this new environment.
What questions should I ask the nursery?
To understand exactly what a typical day looks like at the nursey, be sure to ask about meal times, activities and nap times (if required). This will help you to determine if their schedule will suit your child’s current routine. You may also wish to ask questions about what is provided by the nursey, for example, will food and drink be included or will you need to provide a packed lunch? What about nappies or a potty?
What if I am still unsure?
If you are still unsure, but would like to test the waters, you could look into local parent and baby groups. These groups will provide an opportunity for your child to socialise with other children and learn through activities such as music and dance, while you are still close by.