What should I consider when looking for an Early School?

We’ve put together some suggestions below to ask when visiting a Nido Early School, as we know this is a hugely important decision for your family and we want you to feel comfortable that you’ve made the right choice for your child.

The Basics

  • Do the hours offered suit my requirements?
  • What happens if I need flexibility with childcare requirements?
  • How do I calculate the fees / what is the Child Care Subsidy
  • What information to do I need to provide? How do you keep my information confidential?
What To Look For
nido teacher and kid seeing to the sky at nido child care centre

Early Education

  • What do the children do on a daily basis? Examples of activities, any special services that the Early School offers and types of learning in outdoor learning spaces?
  • What does the Reggio Emilia philosophy mean in practice?
  • How does the Nido team work together to offer the best care?
  • Do you have ratings for the Early School?
  • What qualifications do your Educators, Curriculum Leaders and other staff have?
  • What other training do Nido staff have?
  • How many people work in each room and for each age group?


  • What kind of food do you offer?
  • What do I need to bring on a daily basis?
  • How will you communicate with me?
  • What happens if my child is unhappy, or they have behavioural issues?
  • What is your illness policy for children?
  • Do you follow guidelines in terms of your outlook on sustainability and how do you encourage children to support this?
What To Look For