You asked, so we answered!
There is a lot to think about when you are looking for the right nursery for your child. It’s a big decision and an important one! We understand that you want to make sure you make the right choice for you and your child, but you might not be sure where to start.
Our team of experienced staff are always happy to help and answer any questions or concerns you have. To help you with your decision making, here are the top 10 questions we get asked most from families in their search for a Greenwich nursery...
1) Can I send my child to nursery for free?
In the UK, all 3- and 4-years olds are entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare each week for 38 weeks a year from an approved early years setting. You can spread the 15 hours over two days or more, which can help if you're working or studying and you can also spread the 15 hours across more than one provider (although not all providers can accommodate this). If your child is eligible, your nursery will claim the funding for the free hours on your child's behalf. The funding is available from the term after your child turns 3 and stops when your child enters Reception class in school. You may also be entitled to claim for 30 hours funded childcare each week, dependent upon your working hours, income, and circumstances.
2) How much do nurseries cost?
The cost of a nursery session will depend upon the age of your child, the length and frequency of the sessions they attend and whether they are eligible for any funded hours. As part of More2Nursery pricing information, we also forecast traditional nursery monthly costs from April 2021 for a variety of age and funding scenarios to help with your budgeting and decision making.
3) What is the best age to enrol your child with a nursery?
There is no right or wrong age to send a child to nursery and each decision will be driven by many factors including cost, personal circumstances, and personal preference. Our More2Childcare Nursery welcomes children from aged 3 months to 4 years and our More2Riverside Nursery Greenwich welcomes children from 3 months up to 3 and a half years. For peace of mind and to avoid disappointment, we advise registering your child with a nursery as early as possible as spaces are limited.
4) How do I find the best nursery near me?
A good starting point to select the right local nursery is to contact your local children's centre or Families Information Service from your local Borough or County Council. They can provide you with a list of approved list of places that your child can attend. All childcare providers (excluding Nannies and Au-pairs) are registered with Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) and measured against a set of national standards. You can read Ofsted inspection reports for judgements derived from the inspections along with more information on specific details for each setting. We would recommend you also speak with and see local nurseries for yourself. Even with the current restrictions, many settings have adapted to providing virtual tours online.
5) Which nurseries have outside space?
Nursery websites and Ofsted inspection reports can provide you with more detailed information such as which have access to outside space. Outside space in Greenwich nurseries is a rarity so we are incredibly proud that both our sites offer this; our Ofsted Outstanding original Greenwich nursery based at the rear of the Forum benefits from two large outdoor playgrounds, whilst our Riverside Greenwich nursery has one of the largest gardens in the East Greenwich area.
6) What activities can nurseries do with children during Covid-19?
All nurseries have had to adapt to the current Covid-19 restrictions. At More2, we can still offer lots of activities safely, indoors and outdoors – even in the rain! We enjoy planting and water play – we have handwashing stations where the children like to play. We change the water regularly and add a little bit of soap to it. As soon as a child finishes playing with a toy or group of children have finished – the toys are sprayed, cleaned, and put away. Then everyone washes their hands again. We put out activities and toys following children’s interests – then they are sprayed cleaned and with different toys put out for variety.
7) How are nurseries managing transition periods/settling in during Covid-19?
At More2, parents are not allowed past the reception area and they hand over the children by keeping 2m distance and then off they go. Some new children found it hard to separate at first, but we helped them build confidence; offered reassurance from the same member of staff staying with the child until the child felt comfortable. Like all good transitions, we encouraged them, we know their likes and dislikes and offered lots of comfort including hugs if they cried or couldn’t sleep. We just avoid face to face cuddles and we all wash our hands a lot. The children have got used to this new normal – surprisingly quickly.
8) Are nurseries safe during Covid-19?
Early years settings remain low-risk environments for young children and all settings are required to follow strict Covid-19 Government guidelines. The guidelines are designed to support early years settings to create an environment for children and staff where the risk of transmission of infection is substantially reduced to keep everyone safe and secure. We are one of a few nurseries in Greenwich to have stayed safely open throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic and lockdowns.
9) What are the Covid-19 guidelines for nurseries?
The Government publishes clear guidelines for nurseries on how to manage provision during Covid-19 and what to do if a child or adult displays symptoms, or is a confirmed case, of coronavirus within the nursery.
10) What are the specific Covid-19 risk assessments and procedures?
We reviewed and revised our nursery operation procedures in response to the Government's published guidelines. Parents and staff quickly got used to social distancing and embraced the new procedures. Our team is providing an exemplary practice in this area of which we are immensely proud. Parents whose children have been in our care during lockdown have praised our services in recent testimonials.
So, there you have it – answers to our top 10 most frequently asked questions - we do hope this helps you in your nursery search.
If you still have questions or you are interested in booking a tour, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the team at either of our two Greenwich nurseries; More2Childcare Nursery Greenwich or More2Nursery Riverside Greenwich or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.