When should I register my child at a nursery?
Why should I look for a nursery place as early as possible?
Children are welcome to start our nursery at different times throughout the year and at any age stage, a lot of children start here with us when they are two or under. So what is the importance of starting nursery as early as possible? This is because Baby Rooms tend to be the smallest rooms or areas within a nursery. This is to make sure that looking after our youngest children is like being in a little family, carrying out play and learning with the upmost care. This often means that there are fewer spaces available in rooms for younger children than in rooms that cater for toddler or pre-school children.
In recent years, demand for childcare has grown and keeps on growing. A lot of nurseries tend to have waiting lists for children under two years of age so it is important to register your interest as early as you can. As a parent, it is not a nice feeling to have to compromise on your preferred choice of nursery after you’ve found your perfect setting has no space available. Therefore, we always recommend you apply as early as possible as we wouldn’t want parents feeling disappointed when there is not the right days and sessions available for their child.
So how early should I apply? We would recommend that even if you’re still in your pregnancy or even have just had your baby, it’s important to start your childcare search and make enquiries as early as possible. We would love you to come and see us if you can.
What is the registration process for our nursery?
Each nursery will have a registration process that is unique to them but will have some similarities. Our registration process is outlined for you below.
1. Book a Nursery Tour
One of the best ways to make your initial enquiry is to arrange a visit/show-around tour of our nursery. You can arrange a tour by contacting the nursery via phone or email or by getting on to our website and filling out the contact form. All are outlined at the end of this blog post.
During your visit to the nursery, our team will make you and your child feel welcome and answer all your questions as well as explain how a day runs for your child. Our Nursery Leader will advise you of the steps you need to take to register your child with our nursery.
Whilst we do not want parents to feel under pressure, it’s important to keep in mind that another family can take your place at any moment and a tour is not a guarantee of a space. Unfortunately, we can only offer you a confirmed place when you have completed our registration form and paid the registration fee.
2. Complete a Registration Form
Following your visit to the nursery, we will give you a registration form to complete, we can help with this if you like too. As soon as you’ve sent in or brought in your completed registration form, our Nursery Leader will look at the childcare sessions you requested on your form and advise whether they can be accommodated and whether we can offer a space for your child, you will then be contacted, and your child’s place will be confirmed.
3. Arrange free settling in visits
Once your place has been confirmed we will invite you and your child to some free settling in visits. These usually consist of 3-5 visits over a week or two. You tell us when is convenient and we tell you if we can do. During the visit your child will be able to play with the staff and children to get a feel for the nursery. You will also complete an ‘All About Me’ form with a member of staff on your first settling visit so we can get to know your child’s likes and dislikes, sleep times, and any other important things about them before they start. Once these sessions are complete and we and you are happy that your child is really settled they are then ready to start with us!
To sum up we can’t stress the importance enough of applying early to your chosen nursery in plenty of time much before you want your child to begin nursery sessions. We do see disappointment with late applications, and we really do want to help. The sooner you can register means the best chance to get the space/place and times you would like.
It’s really useful for parents to plan as early as possible as our nursery currently has high levels of applications. This is extremely important if you want to guarantee a place for your child on certain days due to work commitments.
Finally, we really look forward to meeting you and your family if you would like to consider us once you’ve seen our website and reviews. We love what we do, we do actually believe we are the best nursery around, with amazing and inspiring provision, great huge outdoors, beautiful, homely indoors, and the most wonderful kind and gently family team who really care about the children they look after.
The Country Mouse Children's Nursery is an excellent nursery in Midhurst, 10 minutes from Petworth and 20 minutes from Chichester, with childcare places for 2 months-5 year olds. We can offer your child fabulous fun filled days of activities to help them learn and make lots of new friends. We have a beautiful large garden with brilliant outdoor learning. Please come and see us, our fantastic classrooms and our magical garden!...and our very special staff team.
Visit the Country Mouse Nursery Website at: www.thecountrymousenursery.co.uk