Childcare Search for a Nursery


Claire works in the middle of the City of London for four days a week. She is going back to work in January 2013 and has asked Parental Choice to search for a Nursery on the basis of the following criteria:

  • She works in the City in London.
  • She is looking for a Nursery place for four days a week from 8am to 6pm.
  • The nursery has to be within 20 minutes’ walk of her place of work.
  • She is looking for a place from January 2013 when her son will be 6 months old.
  • Her preference is for a Montessori nursery with smaller rather than larger class sizes.
  • She also requested after school provision just in case she has to work late.


Parental Choice identified 3 potential nurseries which had places available for a January start date. One of the nurseries was a Montessori which had just opened and therefore had relatively small class numbers. Although it had not received an Ofsted inspection as yet, its sister school in the Barbican was rated Outstanding. Our report contained google maps and walking directions from Claire’s place of work and from her local tube station. We submitted our report to Claire in September and she visited all three nurseries before choosing the Newpark Montessori Nursery School, 15 minutes’ walk from her place of work which ran at after-hours childcare provision in case I was late.

“Parental Choice was recommended to me through a friend, and I am so glad that I got in touch with them. The prospect of researching, choosing and organizing child-care can seem like quite a daunting task to the uninitiated, and I can honestly say Parental Choice really took the stress out of the process for me. What was additionally useful, was that I was speaking to someone who had also gone through this process themselves, and was able to share that knowledge and experience as well.

The nurseries that were short-listed were all of excellent quality (in contrast to those that I had initially visited myself, prior to engaging Parental Choice), and the fact that the team at Parental Choice had personally researched and contacted the nurseries prior to sending me the list, was clear. From the short list provided, I was able to find a nursery close to where I work where I felt my son would be really looked after and I felt confident that I had made the right choice thanks to Parental Choice.” Claire

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