Monthly Archives: March 2009

Price website will let parents rate nurseries

Nurseries can be rated by local parents once a new price comparison website goes live next year. The plan is part of an ‘information revolution’ promised by the Prime Minister to help people ‘share information and experiences’ about childcare, healthcare and police in their area.

In the document Working Together, Gordon Brown said, ‘People take it for granted that they will access other people’s reviews and ratings before buying something on eBay or Amazon, and yet we do not yet have systematic access to other people’s experiences when choosing a GP practice or nursery.’

A national price comparison website will be up and running early next year, which is to cover ‘the full range of childcare providers’.The site will also give information on quality from Ofsted, and include a message board where parents can give feedback on any provider to help other parents ‘make the best choices for their children, and drive improvement in quality’.

Dads – does nursery intimidate you?

Early years practitioners should have training in how to communicate better with fathers so that dropping off children at nursery becomes less daunting for them, according to a new study. Researchers interviewed fathers who took their children to nursery and early years practitioners to find out how they related to each other.

The joint project between Derby University’s Early Childhood Studies department and the Pre-School Learning Alliance sought the views of around 40 fathers and early years staff at a range of settings, from small pre-schools to children’s centres and private nurseries, in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.

Co-author and lecturer in early childhood studies, Andrew Sanders, said, ‘What we were asking was for views on the encounter between fathers and practitioners at the nursery door. It’s not about men in childcare or father-friendly activities, but about how practitioners feel about the everyday contact they have. Not surprisingly, fathers and practitioners felt settings were intimidating places for men. That definitely came through. And practitioners were conscious of the fact that it might be.

So do Dads feel intimidated when they come to Learning Curve? I doubt it very much, because our dads seem very relaxed with all things to do with children. We hope that none of our team will ever make you feel uncomfortable when you drop off or collect your child, but if they do, be sure to let us know.