Choosing a Nursery

Claire - posted on 10/25/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Can anyone give some advice on what things you need to look out for when searching for a nursery for the first time? What questions should i ask?

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I think the more that the teachers sit on the floor and actually interact with the babies the better. When you go in there unannounced (which is the best way to go) are the teachers happy? Is the place clean? What are their cleaning procedure? Can you come in any time of the day and hang out with your kid, breast freed or just watch him with out them getting all flippy? Also, go on line and look up to see if they have any health code, or BBB violations. That will tell you a lot. Good luck. It is a hard decision.

Tricia - posted on 10/29/2008

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My kids went to a montessori school that accepted infants. I think the turnover rate is big. You want consistency. I looked at few but just knew when I found the right one. I liked that our school accepted part time students but did not fill their spots on the off days. That meant that even though there could be up to 12 babies to 3 teachers there rarely if ever was. If you're looking at a center that might be something worth asking.

Tiffany - posted on 10/27/2008

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Baby 411 is a great book with a wonderful checklist. Another question to ask is how long the day care providers ahve been there. High turnover can indicate a problem with how the facility is run.

We just changed to a Montesori school, but I think most of them start with kids at 18 months old.

Stephanie - posted on 10/27/2008

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I agree...you should leave there feeling 200% comfortable. When I met Lulu for the first time, it was an interview for each of us. (her choice). By the end of the interview we bothed asked each other if Ella could join her daycare. It has been wonderful. It's not as close as I would like, but I feel 200% comfortable. I also like the fact that I provide her food. Some daycares provide food which who knows how it's prepared, what it is etc... I prepare all of her food each day or for the week. It's a lot of work, but I have a piece of mind that she is on track with her nutrition.

Sara - posted on 10/27/2008

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I would see if you could come observe and then also drop in unexpectly to see if its the same as when you observed. The smaller the better I think for newborns and getting sick less.

Kathryn - posted on 10/25/2008

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How much you connect with the people who will be caring for your child. My kids spent more time in the nursery than with me (or at least it felt like it) so I was glad to have them somewhere where I felt they were treated the way I would treat them. It helped a lot with consistency. All children really need is consistency. Choose something as close to home as possible, that would be my advice.

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