Tips on choosing the right school for your child

2015-04-30 14:39
Gretchen-Lee Johnston with Emily.

Gretchen-Lee Johnston with Emily. (Tanya van Zyl)

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WHEN it comes to one’s child, nothing but the best will do.

But how do you know that the school or crèche you want to enrol your child at is the best for him or her?

“There are many parents who need to leave their children in the hands of others. It’s not always an easy decision to make, but when parents are viewing schools, they get a feeling when walking into a school as to what they would want for their child. This is the first step when making this not-so-easy decision,” said crèche owner Gretchen-Lee Johnston.

She owns the Toddlers Inn school in Newton Park. She has a degree in education and previously taught in Germany. “I was blessed to receive experience teaching children at the International Language School of Berlitz,” Johnston said.

It was important for children in a crèche or pre-primary school to feel loved and cared for, she said.

“The needs and well-being of children must come first and it is also important that there is good communication between the school and parents at all times.”

Johnston shares some tips on things to look out for when finding the right school:

. Classrooms – are they dark and dingy or are they full of natural light?

. Classroom size – look at the number of children versus the size of the classroom.

. Are all the children together in one big group or are they separated by their different ages?

. The cleanliness of the school.

. Are the staff/principal helpful and friendly (do they have good and open communication)?

. Do the children look happy?

. What facilities do the schools offer?

. The playground – is it clean and safe for the children?

. Are the children supervised at all times?

. Are the bathrooms clean?

. Maybe parents should also walk in without an appointment to view the school.

. Staff needs to be caring and loving towards the children.

. Does the school have a menu?

. Safety of the children – are the entrance and side gates locked and secure around the school?

. Parents need to feel free to ask any questions about the school.

. Schools should be registered

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