Do a local internet search or crack open your yellow pages and you’re sure to find page after page of nurseries in Cumbria.They all promise to take great care of children, to teach them the basic concepts of letters, numbers, colors, and so on, and that they’re better than the competition.
Is reading all these ads the real key to finding good nursery education? Should you be swayed by those ads and all those fancy promises, or is there a better way to narrow down your search and make your decision?
The first step in answering those questions is, to be honest with yourself about what you’re looking for by way of nursery schools and what your particular needs are.
Are you just searching for a daycare provider? If so, there are probably very few things you need to worry about other than your child’s safety, the cleanliness of the house or facility, how many other children there are about the number of adults, and so on.
Cost too will be a factor. There are many childminders who operate out of a private home, just looking to make little extra money, and if childcare is all you are looking for, this may be perfectly adequate for your child.
However, if you’re looking for an actual nursery with the idea of having child taught certain things before he or she even goes to junior school, then, of course, your needs are going to be a bit more specific.
One of the best ways to find great nurseries in Cumbria is to ask other parents. Don’t hesitate to approach parents in your church or place of worship, those in the neighborhood who have children in school, or other parents you may know in the neighborhood.
Let them know what you’re looking for because even if they cannot make recommendations, they may know other parents that live locally that can. You can also do a lot of research about nursery schools online by checking nursery school websites to find out which nursery schools are available near you.
The next stage is to sift through your choices of pre-schools by doing some legwork. Make a list of local nursery schools that seem to offer the activities that you’re looking for. Visit them to get an impression of how they conduct their business when the children are there.
If they offer instruction, ask to see the books or toys they use to do so. How do they go about teaching your child? Are they qualified teachers? If so, how many are teachers versus how many are just caretakers?
Finding good nurseries in Cumbria is going to involve some work and effort on your part, but think about how much time and effort you put into choosing anything important to you, whether it’s a car or holiday destination. Finding nursery schools that will be appropriate for your child should get no less effort from you.