Thursday 12 July 2012 7.25am
There are a few horror stories on the forum about Bright Horizons. My brief experience of the one in Borough was that is was corporate, clinical and staffed by people on minimum wage who didn't really want to be there. My son hated it, but others seem to think it's fine. It's expensive and it is run for profit, that's all I can say.
Personally if you can get a place use a non-private nursery. They tend to be staffed by more highly paid, better trained staff. For example, those children's centres run by Southwark have a MUCH tighter Ofsted inspection process than those in the private sector. They also focus on a more structured early years programme of child development - many private establishmenst are just day-care, nothing else.
In a children's centre the staff are often trained as formal early-years educators or even teachers, they will be on a good salary with pensions and training and have very good terms and conditions. Private nurseries are often staffed by 'childcare assistants' on 6/7 quid an hour, who have very little early years development experince.
You could try Kintore Way
, which is where my kids went and it is marvelous. It's heavily subsidised meaning the rates are good. Friends who have had kids at the Ark also rave about it. Coin Street
is also good I've heard.
PM me if you want any other info.