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Have a Break!

If I am at home early evening I often see a pre-school child and his mum walking past my home. This child has caught my attention as sometimes I notice that he is crying.

On a few occasions, I have had a brief conversation with his mum who looks very tired and unsure what to do. My thoughts are that he is tired and the crying is a reaction to seeing his mum and this is his way of communicating his feelings. (Note to self – add a section in my Supporting Transitions course, around preparing children for the handover to their parents at the end of the day.) In addition, I believe that he is picking up that his mum is tired.

I saw them again as I was walking to my car during the Christmas week and I noticed that he wasn’t crying. When I wished them both Happy Christmas, mum replied ‘I’ll not be […]


Handling telephone queries from prospective parents

I was recently commissioned by a client to carry out telephone research on how her staff and other nurseries in their locality answer initial queries from prospective parents. Sadly, I was not surprised by my findings, having done this before for other clients.

With this in mind I would like to share my initial thoughts on my experience and how you could improve your staff awareness in handling telephone queries from prospective parents:
Answer the phone so that the caller can hear the smile in your voice. Do not answer the phone as if the world is coming to the end in five minutes.
       Say ‘xxxxx nursery, Barack speaking, how can I help you……’ don’t say ‘Ello, or Eh’.
 Make sure that the member of staff has a pen and note pad to hand or, more importantly, an initial enquiry form (please contact me if you would like a copy of an initial enquiry form –