Most nurseries will follow one particular curriculum – mainly American, English (EYFS) or Montessori – so bear that in mind. Also, don’t be surprised if your child starts learning Arabic and sometimes even French from as young as one.
The more popular nurseries have unbelievably long waiting lists, so, if you’re after a particular establishment, it may be necessary to enrol your child before he or she is even born just to make sure you get a spot. Some of the bigger primary schools also have nursery sections or an affiliated nursery – if you’ve got a primary school in mind for your child, it is worth checking to see if they have a nursery, as this may help you secure a place in the school itself a few years down the line.
School meals and transport
Another factor worth thinking about when selecting your child’s nursery is whether or not they provide meals – having to make a packed lunch every morning when you’re trying to get ready for work may not be suitable for you. The location of your nursery will also be a key factor in your decision making progress. You may prefer a nursery that is within walking distance of your home or en route to the office. Bear in mind that traffic can often get very congested at pick-up and drop-off time during term time.
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