We explore is there a growing need for Children’s nurseries?
A children’s nursery provides safe care for children who are from a few months old to the age when they start to attend pre-school in the UK.
This is owing to the increasing need for both parents to go out and earn an income. As well as the increasing number of one parent families.
Children’s nurseries are becoming higher in demand. People are more regularly searching for phrases just as Nursery Near Me; in order to find a local option.
Although there is probably no better care for your child than what you can give it.
There is often a need to place the child in someone else’s care for at least part of the day.
Obviously the best choice would be a grandparent if they were willing and if they lived close enough to make it a viable option. Although if not you mayl have to pay for that care.
Although some people opt to have a child-minder come to their house to take care of the child. This is not common and most people take their child to a children’s nursery.
Choosing a Nursery
With there being somewhere in the region of 11,500 children’s nurseries in the UK. There is a good chance that there will be more than one in your area.
This means you will have to choose which would be the best for your child.
The first thing that you will probably have to consider is the location of the nursery. Is it somewhere where you can easily drop the child off at and pick it up later?
Does this mean the nursery will have to be close to your home or to your place of work?
Even then there may be more than one to choose from. So here are some of the other things you should take into consideration when choosing where you will leave your child.
If I was seraching for a nursery near me, these are the kind of things I would consider:
• Opening Hours – You will want to consider what time the nursery will accept children in the mornings and what time they can be picked up.
Also you will of course have to decide before this, if the child will stay there for just part of the day or all day.
• Cost – Different nurseries have different prices and so this is one of the things you will probably want to know. Certainly prior to deciding if the child will stay there all day or for just part of the day.
• Pick-Up Rules – You will want to ensure that they have strict rules as to who can pick-up a child. Then when you decide which one you are going to use, ensure they clearly understand who you will permit to pick your child up.
• Friends – Before making your choice, you may want to check if any of your friend’s children use that nursery. As well as if they do; have they had any problems?
• Observe – When paying your first visit to the nursery to make enquiries, notice if the children seem happy and if the staff seem to take adequate attention to them.
• Bathroom – Check the bathroom facilities and if necessary ask what their policy is on potty training if any.
• Activities – You should ask what recreational facilities are available for the children if any. Ensure that your child takes a toy or something to keep them amused if none are available at the nursery.
Having decided which nursery you will send your child to and for what hours during the day. There are still other things that you will need to know if you want your child to be safe and happy.
Some of these things are:
• Snacks – If your child gets hungry, does the nursery provide at least snacks for them? Or will a child be expected to bring their own?
• Sleep- When a child grows tired whilst at the nursery, are there facilities? Would this allow them to nap in peace and safety?
• Illness – What is the nursery’s policy on sickness?
Is there adequate staff to take care of the children should one of the staff have to miss due to illness?
• Child Illness – If a child becomes sick whilst at the nursery, what is the policy?
Is there medical staff on hand or will the parents be informed and be expected to pick up their child?
This may seem like a lot of questions that need to be asked.
However they are all relevant to your child’s well-being and so therefore important.
There is increasing concern in the UK about children’s nursery prices increasing at a faster rate than inflation.
This has led to some people preferring to use an independent child-minder.
A recent survey showed that the price of a child–minder can now be cheaper than sending a child to a nursery. Perhaps this has convinced some parents to remove their child from a nursery.
Although you may make some savings by using an independent child-minder. There are still many questions you will want to ask them before hiring them.
There are also additional concerns that you will have to take into consideration.
One of the concerns is of course does the minder have any references?
How long have they been minding children or what experience do they have?
You will certainly have the extra concern of knowing what actions you will take to ensure your child is adequately taken care of.
Especially if the minder is sick for a day or more.
Regardless of how much we earn, we would always like financial assistance from the government.
Before you decide on who will look after your child and for how long each day. You should carry out some checks.
Are there any government, financial programs that will help pay for your child’s care?
If so ensure that the person or facility you choose to mind your child, is in compliance with any criteria the government may place.
This will ensure you are eligible to make the necessary claims.
These government initiatives may change from one region to another. So ensure you read the ones that apply to your location.
Remember though that although cost is always a concern, the safety of your child is always a bigger one.