My child & the nursery
By Dr. Haytham Haikal
Dermatologist & Chairman of Esparanza Educational Nursery
Questions & Answers:
1. What is the proper age for my child to enter a nursery?
A one year old child would be appropriate to enter a nursery
even if the mum is not working. In this age the child is
easily adaptable to the new atmosphere, exploring his
talents, his abilities and to having other children around.
This makes the child more acceptable to a second child
(brother or a sister) that reduces the parents complains of
jealously between the children.
2. What is the age period that needs most care and
supervision than the other?
All age periods need care and supervision. For example, a
newly born child (if the mother is not available for working
or other reasons) needs extra care because of his needs. As
for a child between 1.5 and 2.5 years old is the most active
and aggressive, where he tries to explore everything through
using his teeth and his hands. This can cause a lot of
injures if there is no extra care and supervision.
3. What are the characteristics of the people that work
in this field?
This depends on their job title, whether they are teachers,
assistants, nannies, baby sitters or even a cook. It also
depends of the size of the nursery, its standard, its
objective whether it is a day care or an educational
nursery. But in general people dealing with children must
have experience, honest, love children, have strong
personality and be very committed.
4. What is the proper treatment that a child should have
on his first days in a nursery?
It all depends on different reasons; the most important is
the child's level and ability of acceptance to entering a
nursery. Also depends on the parents trust in the nursery,
but in general it is recommended that the mother would stay
with the child for not more than an hour for the first few
days of the nursery and the mother would not leave the child
long hours the first week.
5. What is the appropriate time a child needs to get use
to a nursery?
This all depends on the same reasons as the above answer, in
addition to the importance of cooperation between the
parents and the nursery to decrease this time which in
general is a range of 2 weeks to a month time in the case of
the child's daily attendance.
6. What is the appropriate number of days per week a
child should go to a nursery?
To assure the child's fast adaptation to the nursery, the
child must not in any case go less than 4 days per week. In
general, the more a child attendance the nursery, the more
the child gains knowledge in education, social, and
7. What is the right decision for a 3.5 years old child,
to go to a nursery or to a school baby class?
If the nursery is an educational one then it is much better
than a baby class in the child's care, education and
experience dealing with this specific age. But if the
nursery is a daycare than a baby class is better for the
8. What is the difference between a daycare and an
A daycare is a place for baby sitting the child, supervision
on his naptime, eating time, and playing time until the
parents receives the child. An educational nursery is a
place where children learn during eating, playing, in all
time the child is in the nursery through the language that
the child learns or through skills or manners that the child
attains. A good educational nursery makes a child more
creative, better socially, better in manners and used to a