hiya there :)
belated new year wishes to all...
as my 4 year old (nearly ) is planning to start proper nursey school, there is this whole confusion whether to:
a) let her stay in the present school that offers upto UKG (its a smallish playschool style set up) which is hardly 2 kms from where we stay and is therefore very manageable...
b) join the parent bandwagon and get on to sourcing far off 'hep' schools that are atleast 1 hour bybus...is that a a habit that will get here ready for class 1 two years from now..
very confused here...
do help me...
I vote for a) a nearby preschool if you are happy with it. Better for you and your kids. No point sending them to a hep school and them being tired and dull.
Perhaps you could start a dialog with the primary schools you are planning to send her to and mention this to the princi and see what they have to say. I feel there are high chances that they might point you the the preschool nearby.
I have had the experience of dropping of the child to a far away school - trust me you would start hating it very quickly. Everything gets very complicated with a small child travelling so far to go to school. The child also gets very restless and tired, loses his/her appetite etc. Sometimes when there is a traffic jam somewhere on the way it gets forever to reach your home. I would pick my son up and drop him off everyday and I hated it. Within a month I put him in a school closer by and everything suddenly got much simpler. So I would definitely vote for a school that is closer.
I think going to school that too travel 1 hr each way can be tricky due to road conditions, traffic and medical attention.
We picked a school for my son <in California backin 2004> which is approx 20 miles from home thinking he will be there for Perschool and pre-k, then decided to let him stay for kindergarten.
Now he started liking school as he knows most of them since he was 3 yrs old. We decided to let him continue. Yep for past 5 yrs he has been attending the same school.
If you think you won't be able to manage it after 1 or 2 yrs then don't even go there, continue at your local neighborhood school.
The closer the better.Better for you, better for your child as well.And a small set up usually means more personalised attention provided to students.of course you need to check up on the quality of teachers, support staff , classrooms etc. Best way to do it is to ask a few parents whose kids have studied or are studying there.My daughter went to a small playschool across the road, and it was very very convenient.
It will be difficult to get admission after UKG. I saw notices in few schools, where kid has to undergo entrace exam if they are seeking admissions to 1st std. That is the reason parents prefer sending their kids to regular school from LKG or even from nursery.
Obviously school in your neighbourhood will be better but this is also true that getting admission in grade 1 becomes difficult and if your kid is studying in proper school from the beginning, his/her seat for the next class is reserved. So it is better to look for a good school (not necessarily hep) from the very beginning which is also closer to your home, so that your kid is not tired after coming back from school and will have enough time for homework and play. Probably you need to search more for good school around your area. Your child will be judged by how much he has learned later and not by which school he went to.
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