Nursery Questions

Questions for Nurseries

Finding the right nursery means asking the right questions.  Parental Choice are here to help.


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Questions to ask when choosing a nursery

If you are looking for a nursery for your child Parental Choice can take the time and effort out of the search for you.  We will create a bespoke report for you based on your location, your budget and any other requirements. 

Following our report, you can then visit the nursery and use these questions to help you make a comparison and make a final decision.

To find out more please call 020 3818 1236 or email

  • 1.

    Are you free to visit the nursery at any time or do they have set times for viewings? If they do, ask why.

  • 2.

    When viewing the rooms is there evidence of children’s own work and not adults?

  • 3.

    Are things at child level?

  • 4.

    Do the rooms feel homely? Is there any domestic furniture?

  • 5.

    Are there any cosy areas in the room?

  • 6.

    Where are the adults when you walk into the room? Are they interacting with the children or are they taken up with other routine tasks or chatting to one another?

  • 7.

    Can the children in all rooms access an outdoor area on a continuous/daily basis? Think about how much time they will spend indoors?

  • 8.

    Ask if there is a key person system and how it works? You want to know if there is an adult who forms a close relationship with both you and your child.

  • 9.

    How often do the children move rooms? Too many room changes can affect children emotionally.

  • 10.

    What is the staff turnover? Frequently changing staff can have an impact on the attachments that your child will form and can affect their emotional wellbeing.

  • 11.

    Are the children in the rooms happy and content?

  • 12.

    Are the children exploring and investigating?

  • 13.

    Where are babies put to sleep?

  • 14.

    Are babies put to sleep outside? When we advocate this we get looks of surprise but trees are nature’s mobiles and fresh air prevents the spread of infections.

  • 15.

    When choosing a nursery for a baby always look at what the experiences will be for a child as they move through a nursery. Research has shown that parents are often very happy with the care that their child received as a baby but felt disappointed with the experiences as their child moved rooms.

  • 16.

    What systems are in place for the sharing of information about a child’s development?

  • 17.

    Ask about the induction/settling in process. How will the nursery staff get to know you and your child? Do they conduct home visits?

  • 18.

    Is there a shift pattern for staff which ensures that you will see the same member of staff at drop off and pick up times?

  • 19.

    Ask to see the menus so that you can ensure that your child is getting good nutritional food. Also ask about the times of the meals. You want to be able to have the same pattern for eating/mealtimes that you will have at the week end so that your child is part of this very important social family time.

To find out more please call 020 3818 1236 or email

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