Learn­ing choice for

Rutherglen Reformer - - Learning Through Life -

Choos­ing child­care is one of the most im­por­tant de­ci­sions you have to make as a par­ent.

Early Steps Nurs­ery is one place where the team is happy to an­swer any ques­tions you may have.

Here we of­fer you a plan to pick the per­fect child­care.

Draw up a short­list us­ing in­for­ma­tion from your lo­cal fam­ily in­for­ma­tion ser­vice. Check the hours that they can pro­vide child­care, the hourly/daily/weekly cost and if they have places avail­able for your child.

Visit sev­eral set­tings and ask ques­tions about the child­care pro­vided.

Here are some ques­tions you may want to ask:

What is the ra­tio of staff to chil­dren? How many chil­dren do you care for?

What qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence do you have?

What are the daily rou­tines and how can you in­cor­po­rate my child’s and other chil­dren’s rou­tines?

Do you op­er­ate a key worker scheme, whereby one mem­ber of staff has main re­spon­si­bil­ity for my child?

What are your poli­cies on dis­ci­pline and how do you man­age chil­dren’s be­hav­iour?

Do you pro­vide meals, snacks, nap­pies, etc, or will I need to pro­vide them?

It might help to take a friend and or your child on the vis­its to help you de­cide.

Take up ref­er­ences from other par­ents who have used that ser­vice. Don’t be afraid to ask for their hon­est opin­ion of the care of­fered at the cen­tre you are con­sid­er­ing.

And once you make your de­ci­sion you can book your child’s place and ar­range de­tails like hours, start date and who is al­lowed to pick up your child. What hap­pens when they start nurs­ery? Your child may take some time to set­tle into any new child­care set­ting so al­low them time to ad­just to their new sur­round­ings, es­pe­cially if this is their first time in child­care.

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