School is going to take up a lot of time in your child’s life and so it is important that you choose child care, nursery school and primary school which not only fits your practical needs of location and financial constraints, it is really important that the school also meets your requirements in terms of values system, discipline and focus.
It is clear from the outset which schools are very strict with discipline and routine and which offer a more child centred process. Different education methodologies will impact children differently depending on their personality, their interests and innate abilities. Following the tradition of where a parent went to school, or just taking the school round the corner and hoping for the best, that it all works out, is one approach, which if you have strong willed independent children may work out well. But if you have children who are more introverted, have a particular expression of interest such as the arts of music, or sport, it is important to try to find a school which will also offer growth and development in these areas.
Observe your child closely as they settle into a new class or school and take notice of any anxiety or change in their normal behaviour – if they are not willing to talk about what is making them feel vulnerable or angry, then maybe a chat with the teacher quietly to hear what is going on in the classroom would be helpful. At the end of the day we want our children to be happy, to emerge from school having achieved their potential and honed a wide range of skills which will create the foundation of their future learning and career path. Ensuring they are attending schools which offer emotional support and development as well as physical, intellectual and spiritual education is key to graduating into the world as a solid citizen, an all-rounder, confident to reach out and fulfill their dreams and aspirations.