School is in fact the most important stage in a human’s life.
As a parent, you’d want to be sure that you are deciding on the right pre school / school for your child, but how do you make the best choice?
Start your search at least several months before you want your child to start.
Which Preschool/School is best for my child?
These days schooling is more of a commercial business and is a way of making money rather than nurturing and educating children.
How do you know for sure which is the right Preschool/School for your child?
To answer all these questions we have come up with a list of things that you should look for when enrolling your child in a preschool/school.
‘Schooling is the first step taken towards being independent’
Top 10 things to look for when joining your child in a school / preschool
Don’t ever say ‘yes’ to the first school you see.
Sending your child to a right preschool/school is the basic requisite for all parents.
Let us see how you can narrow down to the best available option for your child:
1. Choose a school within your vicinity:
The basic thumb rule suggests that you should look for preschools in close proximity to your house. This is a better thing to do as travelling too far can be a problem for small kids.
Don’t opt for a school that is far even though it is one of the best.
Traveling long distances can take a toll on your little one.
Also your child would take quite some time in learning to be away from you. You might have to visit the school often if your child is inconsolable.
2. Look for schools with a good reputation:
Talking to parents of other children studying in the school you shortlisted can be very helpful.
You should take their feedback about how their child is treated and looked after in the school.
Going by the genuine word of mouth of parents plays a big role here and you may want to go for a school about which you hear a lot of good things.
They should be large, airy and well–lit. There should be sufficient space for the children to move around without knocking each other down.
The class room should have areas marked for various activities for the children.
A dedicated activity corner equipped with easels, pots of paints, sponges, big brushes, stacks of white paper and newspaper and craft materials.
There should be a play area in the room where children play with toys-toys meant for boys as well as girls. The tables and chairs should be suited for tiny tots to work, eat and socialize.
3. Cleanliness and Hygiene:
As a toddler, your child is completely dependent on the school staff to be looked after. He or she will need help in everything.
You should look for a school which is well maintained and clean. The toilets should be clean and there should be ample staff to help children with basic dependencies.
5. Student- teacher ratio:
Up to 25 children would be manageable.
A teacher can only give proper attention to these many children.
Working parents often look for schools with long duration even for preschoolers. Actually, two hours of play school is just right for your kid to begin with.
You should avoid schools with long duration of many hours as it might build up a lot of stress on your child.
7. Outdoor Play:
8. Friendly and approachable:
You should look for schools with friendly environment. The staff and teachers should be welcoming and easy to approach.
Avoid sending your kid to strict schools as the staff there will be harsh on your kids in order to discipline him or her.
Let your kids be free and learn things by making mistakes as this is the only way they can learn effectively.
Look for schools which are well guarded and well gated all the time. There has to be somebody next to the door all the time to see none of the kid’s attempts to go out is successful.
The preschool should preferably be on the ground floor to avoid any accidents due to climbing on to stairs etc.
Is everything in the school buses in perfect working order? – No sharp edges to hurt the children.
Are the support staff—ayahs, peons, and drivers and conditions trust-worthy? Can they be trusted not to harm your child?
This is extremely important.
Check how your child is going to travel to and fro from school.
If you are going to drop your child, this shouldn’t be a problem, but otherwise, make sure that you check about the transport facilities.
We hope that these tips will be useful to you in choosing the right school for your child because education is the most important aspect for your child’s life.
We wish your child all the best for their education.
It is becoming mandatory for schools to post correct information on their websites. So if the school you select has a website, it’s an added advantage.
You can also talk to other parents who send their children to these pre-schools / schools.
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