Finding the Best Childcare
21st November 2012
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Much is said in the media nowadays about the costs of childcare, which is of course important, but most parents are concerned about choosing the kind of childcare that is best for their child.  Parents need to feel that when they can leave their child or children in care they can do so with peace of mind knowing the child will be safe and happy until their return.

If you are looking for care for your child then you need to visit the nursery in advance and spend some time.  Do give thought to the following:

  • Do the children seem happy and contented?
  • How do the carers behave with the children – are they kind and deal calmly with them? What is the ratio of carers to children?
  • What is the atmosphere like?  Is it buzzing with activity and is there a quiet place for children to rest? 
  • Is there a place for children to sleep?
  • What kinds of activities are available to the children? 
  • How is the day structured and what is discipline like?
  • What is the food like? Good nutrition is important for all aspects of child welfare.


All childminders and providers of day care for children up to the age of eight years have to be registered by Ofsted on the Early Years Register.  This includes private nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools, crèches and out of school clubs.

Ofsted visit registered childcare providers and write detailed annual inspection reports.  Therefore if you have any concerns about a provider or you would simply like more information on choosing the right childcare in Gloucestershire then you can contact the Family Information Service at:

Here at The Best of Cheltenham Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery are an Ofsted registered and recommended best business.

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Anne T

Member since: 8th July 2012

Business Development Director at The Best of Cheltenham
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