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When should I register my child at a nursery?

Updated: Aug 13, 2022

Finding the right nursery for your child is something new parents want to get right, but with all the choice and options available it can seem a bit overwhelming at first. Apparently, many people spend far longer choosing a car, asking far more questions, than choosing a nursery. Yet it is such an important decision for you, your child, and your family. Should you really take the nursery that’s closest if it’s not right for your child? The best advice we can give is to start looking early, read websites, and read reviews from other parents. Ask other parents who you think may be making great choices for their little one. Do this with plenty of time to spare before you want your little one to start. Think about your child, do you want them to have a homely small team, are they outdoorsy or do you want them to be? Try to think about what would be a perfect fit for you and your child. Then start viewing! Go to a few if you can so you can make comparisons. You will soon get a feel for what you are looking for.

Why should I look for a nursery place as early as possible?

Your child can start our nursery at any age and at different times throughout the year. A lot of children start here with us when they are under two. Baby Rooms tend to be the smallest rooms or areas within a nursery to make sure looking after our youngest children is like being in a little family and carrying out play and learning with the upmost care. There are often fewer spaces available in rooms for younger children than in rooms for toddler or pre-school children because of this.

Many nurseries tend to have waiting lists for children under two years of age and in recent years, demand for childcare has grown and keeps on growing. As a parent, it is not a nice feeling to have to compromise on your preferred choice of nursery after you’ve found that perfect setting, so we recommend you always apply early as we wouldn't want parents feeling disappointed when there is not the right days and sessions available for their child to start off with.

So how early is early? We would recommend that even if you’re still in your pregnancy or your baby is not long born, it’s important to start your childcare search and make enquiries as early as possible. Come and see us if you can.

What is the registration process for our nursey?

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.

About Us:

Jabberwocky Children's Nursery is a Nursery and Preschool dedicated to providing the best that an Early Years setting has to offer in a colourful, spacious, purpose built environment. We believe in creating magical places for children and engaging children’s curiosity and imagination to inspire lifelong learning in a safe, loving, enabling environment. We embrace the fact that all children are unique and special and we strive to offer a programme of care and education that not only ensures children experience all areas of the ‘Foundation Stage Framework’ but that also appeals to every kind of learner.

Jabberwocky is easy to get to from Street and also Glastonbury, Butleigh and Meare. So if you are looking for a Day Nursery in Street or looking for a Day Nursery in Glastonbury or other local Mendip Somerset towns then please come and see us!

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