Expert / 29 June, 2022 / My Baba
Choosing a nursery or a pre-prep school for your child can be a nerve-wracking time. Entry requirements at ages 3 or 4 years old can vary considerably. Nearly every school will now require some form of assessment before they will offer your child a place.
We asked the experts at The Independent Schools Show to share their top tips to take into consideration when choosing a school or nursery, and this is what they had to say…
As most nursery schools are small, it’s advisable to register your child as early as possible if you want to be on top of the waiting list.
But don’t be disheartened if you don’t get your first choice straight away. Stay in contact with the school, as a lot can change in the year between offers being made and the dates when nursery starts.
All nurseries differ in their entry requirements, timings and approach. Some nurseries, like prep schools, will only have a September intake; others will have January and September intakes; some even termly intakes. At this early age, a few months can make a huge difference in a child’s development.
Entry requirements can vary from a written report from a nursery, to a mini-assessment day complete with an individual chat and observation as part of a group. The more academic the school, the more likely they are to test each applicant.
Schools aren’t expecting your child to be reading, writing and doing long division aged three. Rather, they are looking for children that enjoy learning, retain knowledge, show signs of being confident and independent and can carry out instruction.
To learn more and speak directly to 200+ nurseries and schools, visit the Independent Schools Show on 10th & 11th November in Battersea Evolution. The Show provides you with a unique opportunity to review the plans you are making for your child’s education bringing together the country’s leading heads, schools, education and childcare experts to answers all your questions.
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Each family will have their own priorities, but over the years we have built up a list of the basic questions that parents usually ask. It’s now quite a long list, but many parents use these questions as a checklist to help them focus their search.
For FREE tickets and more information visit www.schoolsshow.co.uk.
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