Choosing the right childcare setting – what to consider

Choosing the right childcare setting – what to consider

It’s a particularly important question; who can I trust to care for my child?

Quality childcare has benefits not only to your child’s early development, especially in the early years (0-5 years of age), but also your peace of mind as a parent. There are some key factors and points we believe you should consider when choosing your childcare provider.

Consider the nursery’s location and its proximity to your home or workplace, opening hours, price-point, and any specific services provided by the childcare provider. Narrowing nurseries down to a few you’d like to visit is the first step.

Childcare can be a significant expense for many families, and it’s worth researching what help and funding is available to you. Ask the nurseries you’re enquiring with what schemes they’re aware of.

Decide on what you and your child’s needs, preferences, and non-negotiables are. Think about questions you feel it’s important for you to ask based on these; they may be about security, food, policies, access to support for additional needs, how information is shared, or how much outdoor time your child would have.

Arrange visits to your list of potential settings. You’ll be able to see first hand if the environment is safe, welcoming, and designed around the children’s needs. Meeting the manager and the team caring for the children, observing the nursery in action, and asking questions will give you a feel for whether it’s a good fit for you and your child.

Ultimately, finding the right childcare is personal to you and your family’s needs, and it’s essential to register with a setting that evidently ticks all your boxes, and that you feel good about.