Safe & Sound Nursery

& Early Learning Centre

FAQ Photo of baby unit 

Q. My baby was premature. How soon will you accept her into the nursery?

A. We do accept babies from 12 weeks old. However, I would advise you to count those twelve weeks from the full term expected date and not the actual date of birth. This will give your baby’s lungs time to mature and for the antibodies she receives from breastfeeding to provide her with further protection. Perhaps Grandma can help you if you have to go back to work until this advised date! If not, then, we will accept her 12 weeks after she was born but you must supply a covering letter from your pediatrician to approve this.

Q. My baby is breast fed. What facilities can you offer me to enable me to continue to do this?

A. Each mum has her own needs. Before your baby is born, come into the nursery and discuss your needs and how we can support you.

Q. Which formula milk do you recommend?

A. We do not recommend any brand. Babies will be settled on the formula their parents are satisfied is best for their child.

Q. How many nappies should I provide for my child?

A. You should consider the number of hours your child will be at the nursery each day and provide for a 2 hourly nappy change. This should ensure there will be enough nappies to enable any changes required to keep your baby comfortable. You should write your babies name on the nappies you place in the bag. Any unused ones will remain in your baby’s bag and be returned at the end of the day so you can top up ready for the next day.

Q. How many children will use the same cot as my child?

A. None! Your child will be allocated a clean cot on his/her first day and will have the unique use of that cot for the duration of their stay in the baby unit. The sheets you supply will only be used for your child and will be returned to you for laundering when required.

Q. When do you start potty training?

A. We discuss with parents when we will start potty training as we need to work together. We suggest this is started during the toddler stage and completed in the teddy bears unit.

Q. What kind of activities do you do in the nursery sections?

A. These vary according to the age of the child, however, all our activities have a focus e.g. recognised milestones, movement and balance, hand/eye coordination, social skills, feeding skills, language learning.

Early Learning Centre

Q. My child does not speak either French or English.

A. We have experience in integrating children whose mother tongue is neither English, French or Creole. We will provide your child with extra support until he/she feels at ease and can communicate his/her needs. Your child will be exposed to new words in English and French every day that are tied to routines. Pre-school children have a great capacity to assimilate new language tied to routines and gain confidence in verbalising. Support at home will accelerate this process.

Q. What kind of activities do you do in the nursery sections?

A. These vary according to the age of the child, however, all our activities have a focus e.g. recognised milestones, movement and balance, hand/eye coordination, social skills, feeding skills, language learning.

Q. Do you have a school bus?

A: While we do not have our own school bus, we can supply a list of school bus operators who serve different areas of Mauritius to bring children to Safe and Sound and home again.

Q. My child does not drink much water, how can I be sure he/she will drink enough in school?

A. Water is served at each food service. Children can access their own water bottle at any time indoors and are encouraged to drink again following outdoor activities. As hydration is achieved over a full 24 hours, we suggest you supplement this with a glass of water before setting off to school, and with 2 or 3 glasses at home in the evening.