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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Preschool for Your Child: Factors to Consider

Are you a parent in Milton Keynes or Manchester on the hunt for the perfect preschool for your little one? Deciding to enrol your child in preschool is a big step, and finding the right one can feel overwhelming. But fear not! We're here to help you navigate through the process with confidence. At Ducklings Preschool, we understand the importance of finding a nurturing environment where your child can learn, grow, and thrive. Let's dive into the ultimate guide to choosing the right preschool for your child.

Girl happy while at Preschool

  1. Location, Location, Location: One of the first factors to consider is the location of the preschool. Is it conveniently located near your home or workplace? Are there safe and accessible transportation options available? At Ducklings Preschool, we have multiple located across Milton Keynes (Bow Brickhill, Emerson Valley, Furzton, Monkston Park, Monkston St Barts, Oldbrook, Shenley Brook End, Tattenhoe Park, Westcroft - and coming soon to Bradwell Village!) as well as being located at both Middleton and Blackley in Greater Manchester, so you can rest assured that you can get to one of our preschools conveniently and stress-free, allowing for more quality time with your little one.

  2. Curriculum and Approach: Every preschool has its own unique curriculum and approach to early childhood education. Take the time to research and understand the philosophy behind each preschool's teaching methods. At Ducklings Preschool, we pride ourselves on our play-based learning approach, which emphasizes hands-on experiences and exploration to foster creativity, critical thinking, and social skills in young children. We provide lots of updates to your parents via newsletters, Facebook groups, and via Class Dojo - as well as multiple events where we invite you, such as stay-and-play sessions and summer garden parties.

  3. Qualified and Caring Staff: The educators and caregivers at a preschool play a crucial role in your child's development and well-being. Look for qualified and experienced staff who are passionate about working with young children. Our team at Ducklings Preschool is comprised of dedicated professionals who are committed to creating a nurturing and supportive environment where every child feels valued and respected! Our staff are truly dedicated to their profession, continuously learning and attending training - which can be found on our website homepage under Staff Achievements! Check it out for yourself at:

  4. Safety and Cleanliness: Nothing is more important than the safety and health of your child. When visiting potential preschools, pay attention to the cleanliness of the facilities and safety measures in place! At Ducklings Preschool, we adhere to strict health and safety protocols to ensure a clean and secure environment for all children.

  5. Parental Involvement and Communication: A strong partnership between parents and preschool is essential for your child's success. Look for a preschool that values parental involvement and maintains open communication channels. At Ducklings Preschool, we believe in building strong relationships with parents through regular face-to-face updates, Class Dojo and private Facebook groups, and opportunities for involvement in school activities and events.

  6. Affordability and Flexibility: Last but not least, consider the affordability and flexibility of the preschool's programs and schedules. At Ducklings Preschool, we accept any form of government funding entitlements (such as the 15 and 30 hour childcare funding), as well as we offer competitive paid rates and flexible enrollment options to accommodate the needs of busy families. For example, all of our Milton Keynes sites operate in the same format; each day is split into two sessions - a morning and an afternoon session (each equally 3 hours long). So if you are entitled to the 15 hour funding, you can attend 5 sessions a week - which you have full flexibility in choosing (based on session availability). You can attend all morning sessions, all afternoon sessions, 2 full days and 1 half day etc. For more information regarding our prices or funding advice, please feel free to contact us, or check out our funding information page at:


Choosing the right preschool for your child is a significant decision, but with careful consideration and research, you can find the perfect fit. If you're in Milton Keynes or Manchester, we invite you to schedule a visit of any of our Ducklings Preschools and Nurseries (infant/nursery care is only in Manchester) and see firsthand what sets us apart. Together, let's lay the foundation for your child's lifelong love of learning and exploration.

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