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  • What are the opening times? What age range do they take? Do they offer part-time places?


  • Are fire alarms and fire extinguishers provided, and do both staff and children understand the fire drill?


  • Has your child's security been properly considered - is access to the facility properly controlled?


  • Will the cleaning standards in rooms, kitchens and toilet facilities protect your child's health?


  • Who is in charge? What experience in childcare and what qualifications does that person have?


  • Who will be personally responsible for your child's progress, and how qualified is that person?


  • What is the ratio of staff to children, and how many of the staff are qualified? More than half the staff must hold a childcare qualification equivalent to NVQ3 (NNEB, BTEC).


  • Will more than one adult supervise your child's group? What will happen in the case of an illness or emergency?


  • How many staff have been with the nursery for over a year? The stability of the staff is important to the continuity of the care provided.
  • How many of the staff are qualified in first aid?