In my experience, Childcare and decisions relating to childcare is one of the most challenging and complicated decisions for a parent. How old should my child be, how long and where is the best are often subjects that are up for debate with everyone seeming to have an opinion.
One thing that I think that all parents would agree on, is that if you’re going to send your child to childcare you want it to be the best care you can find.
When I first made the decision to send Autumn to childcare I wanted her to be (a) at least 2 and (b) very worth my while. At that time, making it worth my while meant that she was going to learn another language. For some reason this was what was going to make me comfortable. Don’t ask me why! So once a week I would drive her 25 minutes to a lovely place where she would be able to learn Italian. Needless to say it didn’t last very long. Add another bub into the mix and work commitments and all of that time in the car just didn’t seem very efficient.
As passionate as I am about childcare, I’m just as passionate about it being family friendly to our schedule.
Recently I was given the opportunity to spend time at Nido Early School with my son, Van. I was so impressed with the centre and all of the carers, or should we say teachers. They were amazing and were evidently talented in engaging the children in the learning process. We also felt really welcomed by everyone and felt the passion from all staff – they obviously like working there and love the way Nido goes about early childhood education!
Nido Early School, located on Stirling Highway Nedlands focuses on a ‘learning through play’ Reggio Emilia approach which is evident throughout the centre. From the moment you walk in, you’re immersed in the positive, nature-based learning. One thing that was pointed out to us is that the children are encouraged to self-guide the learning process and learn through project-based activities – Van was encouraged to be himself in that way and to work with his strengths and interests. I loved seeing the activities he naturally gravitated towards.
One of both mine and Van’s favourite parts of the day was spending time in the kitchen with the delightful chef casually whipping up the gorgeous fresh meals for the day. It looked so delicious! And one of my favourite features of the centre. I love the fact that the kids are able to try healthy, seasonal meals other than what we would usual cook at home.
Van easily flowed through the centre from indoors to outdoors experiencing all the lovely aspect of the centre. The veggie patch was his favourite where he delighted in picking a few basil leaves and taking it down to the chef to include in the meal for that day.
There was an art studio, relaxation corners, music spaces and a cool outdoor playground. Safe to say, I struggled to pull Van out of this space. Whilst we were there, the kids were making a big papier-mâché volcano which they were getting ready to set off outside in the sand pit.
I was given a tour of the beautiful rooms,which had been adapted for kids from nursery age to kindergarten. All of the rooms boasting a relaxing, inviting feel inspired by nature.