In today’s educational climate, where such an extensive amount of information, reviews, news articles, and advice is so readily available we really do have the world at our fingertips. However, sometimes this can make the whole decision process of choosing a school for your child even more overwhelming than it needs to be. Of course, choosing a school for your child is a massive responsibility and should involve some careful planning however it is not something you should be anxious about.
A private nursery in Harpenden has provided us with some helpful advice to guide us through the decision process.
Every family is different so something that is a deal-breaker to you could not affect someone else’s decision in the slightest. Before you start make sure you are clear on what is most important to you and your child and what it is you want or need from a school.
Once you’re clear on what it is you are looking for in a school, you can then start to gather as much information as possible about the most suitable schools. Take a look at their websites, read through reviews, and check their exam results and Ofsted reports.
Depending on your personal situation and the age of your child you may be looking at schools that your children can walk to on their own or you may need to check the usual commute time in peak-time traffic or bus routes and times.
Make sure you visit the school to meet the teachers, see the facilities and gauge the general atmosphere of the school. If possible do this on a normal school day to get a true representation of what the school is really like.
Ask your children’s opinion
Finally, it is important to listen to your child and their opinions and feelings about their new school. After all, they are the ones who will be spending most of their time there.