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A Guide in Choosing the Right School For Children

Aug 25, 2008
Finding the right school which provides quality education and promotes overall growth of children is the primary goal of parents when kids reach the schooling age. Children may already go to school such as a childcare centre as early as five years old and in some, cases even earlier.

However, choosing the best school for children may not be easy as it sounds. Whether the child is a first-time student, a transferee due to change of residence or moving up to a higher school level, parents must determine how to decide which school is ideal for the child. After all, not all school caters to the needs of all children.

First and foremost, parents must know the qualities and preferences of the child. These may include the child's learning abilities and special skills that need enhancement. Children who excel in a particular area have to be placed in schools offering programs for it. Likewise, children with learning disabilities have to be enrolled in schools which promote development.

Second, parents must also consider the beliefs and ideals of the whole family. Moreover, their financial status also affects the choice of school.

Third, the school must fit in with the parents' general idea of a reputable school through in-depth awareness of its qualities and reputation.

Mission and vision

Parents must fully understand the mission and vision of the school to determine whether it corresponds to their concept of education for their child.

Teaching method

Similarly, it is important to know how the child will receive his or her education.


The syllabus will provide a background on the educational advancement of a child. Moreover, the syllabus would help determine whether the school can provide quality education suited for the child.


Check for a well-stocked library, a well-equipped technological facility such as science and computer laboratories. Facilities for creative pursuits such as a theatre or a gymnasium are some features that parents must consider.

The teachers, personnel and students

The individuals who comprise the school population will all be involved in the education of the child so it is noteworthy to identify whether they project a positive ambiance for learning.


It is recommended that parents should be aware of the policies and are able to analyze whether they can subject their child to these.


This should be a main concern since parents are entrusting their child to the institution during most days of the week. Know the safety measures allotted such as first aid and emergency drills.

Parents' involvement

Schools which allow parents to get involve in school activities are preferred by most parents. Most children show more enthusiasm in learning when they see their parents closely involved in various school activities.

Finding the right school for a child requires the time and dedication of parents. It is recommended that parents research on various schools and compare each. School visitations are also advised to get closer and first-hand observations. Parents can take along their child during these school visits. Thus, parents can ask the opinion of their child. Later on, parents may use these opinions to help them decide which school best qualify for their child.
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Grunty's day care nursery is a long established Nursery School based in Blackpool. Grunty's is part of Partington's Holiday Centres
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