Head Office News
18th May 2016

What parents look for in a pre-school

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We recently sent out a survey to parents asking what they look for when choosing a pre-school for their child. 

The survey was completed by 683 parents who are at the stage of deciding what pre-school to choose. 

Over 90% of parents agreed that they felt it was important for the nursery setting to carry out activities that help prepare their child ready for school and 8% of parents said that they just wanted their child to be happy in the activities that they are doing. 

Our pre-schools offer children a unique environment that gradually introduce similar activities and styles of learning to what they will experience at school, e.g. bringing a PE kit, following a timetable, eating from a lunchbox, lining up when going to play, serving their own food, using cutlery and much more. 

All of our pre-schools provide education in line with the national early years statutory framework (EYFS), however only 61% of parents knew this with 39% voting that they did not know that our pre-schools provide the same education as other pre-schools and those that are attached to schools.

In addition to following Early Years framework, our dedicated Busy Bees childcare team continuously work to create unique learning enhancements to further develop children's skills at every level. Our learning enhancements are unique to Busy Bees and 41% of parents who completed our survey said that they have noticed a difference in their child's development since the launch of our enhancements such as Babble to Chatter, Cooking with meShake and Write and Wake and Shake

We asked parents what they would most like their child to be able to do before starting school and the most popular were: interact well with their peers (51%), begin to write/start to form letters (45%), listen well (42%), the ability to follow instructions (33%), be able to recognise their own name (30%) early reading skills (29%) and count (29%). 

In our survey, 75% of parents said that they were unaware that our pre-schools offer a higher staff to child ratio than other pre-schools and those that are attached to schools. Through our high staff to child ratio we are able to provide a more tailored and individual education to every child to help them reach their full potential and work in partnership with parents to develop children's strength's and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. 

We also asked parents what some of their child's favourite activities are at nursery and 91% voted for outdoor play, followed by 79% voting sand and water play, 75% said arts and crafts and 71% voted for story time. Other popular activities were role play (60%), construction play (59%), cooking activities (46%) and puzzles (41%).

We have partnered with The Wildlife Trusts for a second year to provide all children with our 'Busy Bees Goes Wild' initiative that encourages children to explore nature and the great outdoors by completing a 'scrapbook' at home and at nursery. Our nurseries and pre-schools are fully equipped and purpose-built to facilitate children's interests and enable them to enjoy a variety of activities.  

If you would like to find out more about our pre-schools please contact your local nursery. You can find your nearest Busy Bees here.