If you’re looking for a nursery for your child to start at in September, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed right now. It’s such a big decision to make. Not only do you need to find the right setting for your child, you’re no doubt battling with the accompanying guilt we all feel as parents about ‘leaving’ our children in someone else’s care.
We were incredibly lucky with the nurseries we chose for our children. My daughter started at just a few months old when I returned to work as a young single mum sixteen years ago and remained there until we moved area two years later. Starting a new nursery equally as wonderful, right next to what would become her primary school. She thrived at both settings and could often be found hanging out in the doorway to the class up from hers answering questions directed to the older kids or in the garden potting plants.
Fast forward almost twelve years and it was time to find the little dude a nursery in Spain. I didn’t ‘need’ to put him into childcare, I was working from home and was lucky enough to be able to set my own hours, but he adored the nursery we went to a toddler group at so I thought why not? He already knew the staff and children so I booked him in for 2 days a week. I couldn’t bare to part with him for longer. It was the whole ‘he’s my last baby’ thing. But within a month he was bored at home and asked me every day if he was going to nursery so we upped it to four and then five days a week. We were both so sad to leave that nursery when we moved to Malta. We needn’t have worried. His new nursery was also fabulous. And following the trend we set with his sister, was located at the school he would later go on to attend reception year at.
Obviously we’ve been very lucky with the childcare settings we’ve chosen for both children. But how do you know which one is right for your child? The Wandsworth Preschool has put together this fab infographic to help you narrow down your choices.
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