Choosing a school for your child is a big event in any parent’s life. Of course, it is – you want the absolute best for your child in terms of opportunity and socialisation. So, it can be quite overwhelming when you first begin to look into schools and attempt to work out which is the best option.
Disclaimer: This is a guest post.
So How Do You Decide What Is Most Important
As this prep school in the South West believes, it is the wellbeing of the child which matters most. Consider that first and foremost when you’re choosing a school and you’ll be on the right track.
There are many considerations when choosing a school for your child, so here are some unbeatable tips to get you off to the right start:
- Visit as many schools as possible – make appointments at all of the schools you can realistically get your child to and take someone along with you to help you to process what you see there.
- Keep an open mind – try not to form opinions based on other people’s experiences or on minor things. Wait until you visit the school to really form an opinion.
- Observe the environment – not just the buildings and the trees or flowers but the work displayed on the walls and the children around you. Can you see if the children appear to be happy, well-mannered and settled? Or something else?
- Don’t let the size of the school put you off – some larger schools have much more to offer in terms of facilities. You might fear your child feeling like a small fish in a big pond, but these environments can sometimes bring out the best in a child.
- Get your questions ready – think carefully about what matters to you. What worries you? Do you worry about bullying? Then ask about their policies regarding this.
Choosing a school for your child needn’t be a headache
It can be a fun and informative process too. Make sure to involve your child in the decision-making process though! Their opinion does count.
Finally, ask around. Social media, friends, neighbours – talk to parents of school-age children and ask them what they think you should look out for. Ask their thoughts on what really matters in a school now that their own children are attending.
Above all, don’t get too worried! Chances are that your child will be absolutely fine because if you’re reading this article, then you’re someone who cares very much about their child’s future – and that’s valuable.
On A Final Note …
Whilst this is a guest post, I genuinely think that these are great tips. When we moved our children from school in South Africa to school in the UK I was extremely stressed and anxious about it. In the end, we were extremely happy with how it turned out. Our girls love their school and they are excelling in all that matters, even during lockdown and having to suffer the trauma of homeschooling with mummy.