Individualization, family‐centeredness, and developmental support
are assessed for all aspects of nursery care

Each nursery is characterized by its
environment, philosophy and care implementation

The overview and description of your nursery’s characteristics, including:

  • Type of setting
  • Leadership structure
  • History with developmental care
  • Parent participation

The key instrument to evaluate your nursery’s quality of developmental orientation and care implementation

The manual consists of 121 individual scales organized into four categories that characterize a nursery:

  • Physical Environment of the Hospital and Nursery
  • Philosophy and Implementation of Care: Infant
  • Philosophy and Implementation of Care: Family
  • Philosophy and Implementation of Care: Professionals and Staff

Using the Nursery Assessment Manual, your multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and parent council representatives perform a self-assessment of your nursery’s strengths and challenges

Nursery goals are determined and prioritized from this self-assessment

Your core team plans the next steps and develops the resources required to move toward full integration of NIDCAP care

Next steps may include:

  • Foundational training in NIDCAP concepts
  • Formal NIDCAP and APIB training
  • Reflective processing
  • Ongoing self-assessment


NIDCAP Trainers are available to support your nursery and team in the use of the Nursery Assessment Manual and in the development of well integrated NIDCAP nursery care

For further information, mentorship, referrals and associated fees please contact:

Rodd Hedlund, MEd
Director, NIDCAP Nursery Program

Nursery Self-Assessment Materials:

Self-Assessment Questionnaire

Nursery Assessment Manual