Choosing a nursery school for your child can seem like such a herculean task. There’s so much you need to think of and so many things you need to cover to ensure you make the right decision; it can also seem so overwhelming.
But fret not! Just use this step by step guide to choosing a nursery school, it will ensure you find the perfect school for your child.
Step 1: Create a list of all the nursery schools in your area.
To start with you need to have a list of nursery schools around you. If you are looking for nursery schools in Sector 57, then all you have to do is access your internet, type ‘Sector 57 Nursery Schools’ and hit enter.
Before you know it the internet will have provided you an ocean of resources with which you can create a list of nursery schools to form your initial consideration set.
Step 2: Narrow down your options.
You probably have a list of 10 or 15 nursery schools in sector 57 but comparing all of them can become a tedious affair. Therefore your second step will be to knock out some options right at the start.
To this you can speak to other parents, look at reviews online, go through the websites and narrow down your list. Knock of schools that are too far or too expensive or do not teach your desired curriculum.
You can further narrow the list by calling the schools and asking them about things like the teacher-to-student ratio, staff turnover, and facilities on offer.
Strike-off schools that aren’t up to your expectations in regard to these criteria.
Step 3: Schedule a visit.
After you’ve narrowed your list down to 4 or 5 schools, the next step would be to schedule visits.
Most schools will arrange for your meet the principal and take a look around. Some nursery schools in sector 57 will even arrange a meeting with the core team.
Understand the principal’s vision for the school and his or her teaching philosophy and learning ideologies.
Speak to the core teaching staff, are they warm and do they enough experience caring for preschoolers? You can even ask them if they’d send their children to this school and notice their body language when they answer.
Next observe how they teachers and children interact in the classroom. Are the children engaged, do they seem happy learning, check if each child is getting some amount of individual attention, etc.
Step 4: Take your child along for a visit.
By now, you should have zeroed in on a couple of nursery schools in sector 57 that promise to the one for your little one. If so, it makes sense to take your child along for another visit.
Observe his/her reaction to the classrooms, the teachers and the school in general. By watching how he/she reacts, you’ll be in a better position to judge which school is the right choice.
Step 5: Listen to your gut.
The last step is to listen to your instincts. If a school feels right, then it’s the one you go with.
However, if a school feels wrong, then you don’t go for it, no matter how good the staff is or how impressive the school building is.
These steps should help ease the decision making process and help you make a better informed decision. We hope you find the right school for your child, good luck and all the best!