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Nursery School

If you have been a stay-at-home parent of a young child, and you are thinking of returning to work or simply want some time to yourself, it might be a good idea to enroll your child in a nursery school. Of course, your child should also be ready to go to nursery school, and it is important to decide whether or not your child is actually ready.

In general, an ideal time for nursery schools is when a child is no longer in diapers, is able to communicate, and seeks friendships with other children, usually around the age of 2 or 3.  However, because of necessity or desire, many children are placed in nursery school much earlier, and benefit from the experience.

It is a good idea to select a nursery school that is geared toward your child’s age group and skills. It is possible to enroll your child in nursery school part-time or full-time, and prices usually vary according to how much time the child spends in nursery school per day.

It is a good idea to evaluate the nursery school to see if it is really right for your child. Some parents end up sending each child to a different nursery school, since one school might suit one child and not another. A recommendation is usually the best way to find a good nursery school.

Many places offer introduction sessions for parents and give the child a trial period to see whether or not he or she will adjust to the school.

The first thing worth observing in a nursery school is the staff. Is there an optimal teacher student ratio (usually, there should not be more than 5 children per teacher)? The teachers should be qualified and registered. There may be assistant teachers who do not yet have certification and may be in the training process.

If this is the case, there should always be a certified teacher observing the student, and the student should not be left alone with the children. Although you cannot always be there to see to it that this is being done at the nursery school, you can ask the teachers questions and get a sense of their seriousness.

You will want to get an idea of the daily routine of the school. Children usually function well in warm and structured environment. The teacher should greet the children cheerfully in the morning and hang up their coats and bags.

There should be a special place for your child’s coat and bag, and, in general, the school should be well-organized. Most children have their own cups to sip from, and these should be located in a designated place. The schools should be bright and cheerful and should be quite clean.

If your child will be eating breakfast or lunch at the nursery school, there will be a kitchen. Ensure that the kitchen is clean and child proof. The outdoor play area should also be safe and there should be no holes in the surrounding fence.

A typical schedule at a nursery includes such activities as:-

  • Stories
  • Songs
  • Dancing
  • Arts and crafts
  • Play outside
  • Meals and snacks

The teacher should be able to tell you the daily routine. Typically, there is singing or story time in the morning, craft time, physical activity indoors or outdoors, a snack or lunch, and naptime. Many parents take their children to nursery school in the morning, and they go home for lunch and naptime.

Many nursery schools are actually pre-schools, and children learn the basics of the alphabet, phonics, counting, shapes and colors. This will give each child a head start and many children leave nursery schools ready to learn how to read and do simple math.

 

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