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Nursery and Kindergarten Admissions: Points To Consider

Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions

When it comes to your child’s Nursery admissions, choose wisely

When it comes to your child’s Nursery admissions, choose wisely

How to Choose a Good School for Your Child?

Becoming a parent is a matter of great responsibility. Right from the time the child is born, the parents have to take proper care of the child’s physical as well mental growth. It’s a full time job, if you do it with love and sincerity. And, every parent wants to bring up their child, in the best possible way, they can.

  • When the days of baby sitting is over, and you want to put your child in the best possible school, and provide the best education to her or him, you must choose wisely.
  • Each parent wants to give the best to his/ her child, no matter what-------!
  • Admitting the child to a school is a very crucial decision, and it needs to be taken, by keeping several factors in mind.
  • It is a competitive world, and you want your child to develop in a holistic way, to face the many challenges of life.This can only be possible, if they have a well rounded personality, provided in a healthy atmosphere, with tender care.
  • The mushrooming of big, small, reputed, and the not so reputed schools, makes your choice, and decision all the more difficult.

So, how do you decide?

Pleasant atmosphere at the school, keeps the children happy and eager to learn.

Pleasant atmosphere at the school, keeps the children happy and eager to learn.

Children learn to mix, learn and socialise with other children, and this is very important.

Children learn to mix, learn and socialise with other children, and this is very important.

You can teach a student a lesson a day, but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process, as long as he lives.

—Clay. B. Bedford

Nursery Admissions: Big Names do not Necessarily Guarantee Good Quality.

It’s not correct to think that, if the school has a big reputation, it is above all, in quality, as compared to other schools.

Therefor, the so called, average schools, may also provide quality education to the children.

One should look, for a school, that teaches values, along with academics.

Where Art is also given importance, along with Mathematics.

Where project works surpasses rote learning.

Where peace and harmony, are dominant, over competition.

5 Factors to focus, while giving education to children:

1. Physical development:


Physical, does not necessarily mean, games and sports only.

Playing musical instruments, sitting in the right posture while eating, clay work, putting things, and objects in order, are some of the examples.

Most of the schools focus on these personality traits these days.

2. Emotional development:


Educating a child, in such a way, that he/she becomes sensitive to others, to start with, the friends.

Encouraging team work, sharing things such as notebooks, pencils, art materials etc. accepting mistakes, and saying 'sorry' or 'please.’

Maintaining an open, and fair mind, while solving clashes, and conflicts, are some of the examples, the school should focus on, while taking care of the Emotional development of your child.

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.

—John Lubbock

Well begun is half done.

Well begun is half done.

3. Mental development:

Some children have a greater ability to learn faster.

But with the guidance, encouragement, and motivation of the Teachers, even those children, who have less natural inclination to learn, can learn, and become aware.

An expert, and devoted teacher knows, how to make learning easy, to the most backward student of the class.

In any case the challenge of an educator is in educating an average or a below average child and not the already intelligent child.

4. Psychological development:


The school should provide an atmosphere, such that it provides an environment for healthy psychological growth of the child.

The campus should be clean, beautiful and peaceful.

All children, are by nature curious, and creative. The school just has to provide the right exposure, to arouse their interest.

5. Spiritual development:

It is a normal practice, in most of the schools, to start the day with prayer, and inspiring thought of the day. This is very important for the spiritual growth of the children.

It helps the children, to connect their inner thoughts, with the outside world, through reflective exercises.

Good school provides the correct foundation for personality development of the children.

Good school provides the correct foundation for personality development of the children.

Nursery admissions: New guidelines in New Delhi, source: You tube

Teachers As Mentors

  • There is no limit to what a good teacher can bring out from a child.
  • A teacher can mould a child into a fine, well rounded personality, ready to venture out, in a world, full of challenges, and competition, with understanding, and care.
  • Therefore, look for a school, which has teachers as mentors, and who are sympathetic, towards the problems of the children, and the concerns of the parents.
  • A good teacher, tries all experiments, to make learning easy, and effective, for even the most backward child of the class.

To sum up:

In addition to the above, there are some other practical factors, the parents should look for, before admitting their child to a school

  • The distance from your home, should not be too much,
  • Overall neat, and clean campus, and classrooms,
  • Clean and hygienic toilets, and dining rooms,
  • Check out the ratings of the school, through reliable sources;
  • Extra curricular activities are important for a child's overall growth, and the school must support, and organize these activities,
  • The school must have good security system, and transport facilities,
  • It should have a first aid room, and a doctor as well,
  • Focus of learning should be interactive, and fun activities, to stimulate the creative mind,
  • Meet the Principal and the teachers, before deciding upon a school.

Chitrangada Sharan

Helpful video on choosing the right school for your child, source: You tube

Further Suggested Readings

1. Things you should know before admitting your child o a nursery school. Via Baby Destination

https://www.babydestination.com/seeking-nursery-admissions

2. Questions for parents during nursery admissions of their child Via EZYschooling. Com

https://ezyschooling.com/parenting/expert/top-20-questions-for-parents-during-nursery-admissions

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 28, 2014:

Thank you aviannovice, for your visit and comments!

Thanks for sharing your opinion and I agree with you.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on July 27, 2014:

Very wise advice. Some of the public schools can be better than those expensive private schools.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 24, 2014:

Thanks Devika, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 23, 2014:

Interesting and so true of you what you say here. Parents should know their children's personality before choosing a school.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 19, 2014:

Thank you ARUN KANTIji, for your kind visit and valuable comments!

I agree with you that parents should personally visit the school to know every little detail. Thanks for your added input and appreciation!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 19, 2014:

Thank you suzettenaples, for your wonderful comments and kind words of appreciation!

I am glad that you liked this hub. Many thanks for voting up and sharing too!

ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE from KOLKATA on July 18, 2014:

Parents should go to the schools personally to know about them properly before admission of their children. Besides the points mentioned one should also ensure that there is no petty politics inside the campus. I, for one, believe that Children with supportive parents can outperform pupils of so called good schools whose parents do not take proper interest in their education Thank you for an excellent hub well presented.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on July 18, 2014:

This is a great hub full of important and wonderful information. Choosing a school for your child is so important. It must fit like a glove on their hand. You give wise information on this topic and your children are fortunate to have such an informed and wise mother. Thanks for sharing this information with all of us. Voted up and shared!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 18, 2014:

Thank you Dianna, for your valuable comments!

It means a lot coming from you, since you understand this subject so well, being a teacher your self.

Appreciate your opinion! Thanks and have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 18, 2014:

Thank you manatita44, for your wonderful comments!

I am glad to learn that schools in New Zealand follow all the principles of good schooling.

Yes, you are right, I am a teacher and an Indian. I have taken a break for sometime due to family engagements. But I have not taken a break from reading and writing, which I enjoy anytime.

Thank you for your insightful comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 18, 2014:

Thank you Ericdierker, for your visit and comments!

The idea of homeschooling is good and popular as well at many places, but I believe sending children to school enables them to mix with other children. They learn to socialize and share with other kids. This is important for their future.

In any case, parents must get involved, even if the child is going to school. It is the joint effort of parents and teachers that prepares them for life.

Thank you for your insightful comments!

Dianna Mendez on July 17, 2014:

It is indeed important to choose a school where your child will thrive under quality educational standards and learn to socialize with others. Great topic and engaging!

manatita44 from london on July 17, 2014:

Team work, physical development, morning prayer ... truly invaluable topics. I grew up with them. I hear that in some schools in the West, the latter - to me the most important - is not so popular these days.

I have told the story of the school in New Zealand where behaviour is so good that they do not dwell too much on transforming the behaviour of new students anymore. Why, because the environment is so good, that this in itself changes them.

I see that you were a teacher. Where are you now and what do you do?

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 17, 2014:

Here the child must go to the school in his area (geographic) or pay huge sums for private school and then pick and hope to get in. So we are left with one choice. GET INvolved. For now it is home schooling.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2014:

Thank you Michelle, for your visit, support and positive comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 17, 2014:

Thank you billybuc, for your positive feedback!

Yes, it's a crucial decision indeed, which school the children have to be sent for their overall growth.

Thanks for your support!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on July 17, 2014:

As a former teacher, I would say that this is excellent advice! Thanks for sharing it, Chitra.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 17, 2014:

It is a crucial decision, where to send your child to school. It will affect them through their formative years, almost as much as their parental care. Good discussion here.

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