The season for nursery admissions 2012 has begun and parents all over the country are losing sleep over which school to select for their beloved children. This is certainly an important decision that they have to make as the entire future of their kids is dependent upon the base that is created during their school life. So, it is vital to choose in a wise and prudent manner. But the admission scenario in the present times has become extremely competitive as the schools receive a lot of application forms but end up admitting less number of students due to the lack of seats available. This is the reason why sufficient amount of preparation needs to be taken by the parents as well as the candidates to get a seat in a school of their choice. In order to achieve this goal, there are a few things that the parents need to keep in mind and some of them have been mentioned below:
How to Select the Right School for your Child
Before you zero down on an educational institute of your choice, consider the following:
- Proximity: The distance of the school from your residence should not be very far. The child should not waste a lot of time in commuting from one place to the other. In case you are going to pick and drop him/her from school, the proximity is also going to act in your favor.
- Transport Facility: If you fail to find a good school close by, then make sure that the institute that you have selected offers transport facility like buses to the students. This way your child will get to school and come back on time without you getting hassled in any manner.
- Infrastructure: The infrastructure of the school needs to be taken into account before you decide on choosing it. It should provide the basic facilities like spacious classrooms, hygienic toilets, a playground, water supply, first-aid facility, a library and well-equipped computer and science laboratories. As the students spend a significant part of the day in school, it is important that they have access to a healthy environment where growth and development (academic, physical and intellectual) are ensured.
- Fee structure: Do not consider a school that could prove to be too expensive for your budget. Affordability is an important issue that needs to be addressed and going for something that is way beyond your means would finally affect your financial position.
- Extra-curricular activities: Books are not the only source of knowledge and growth. Excursions, trips and extra-curricular activities like painting, music, dance and creative writing bring about multifaceted development in the children. This comes as a break from the monotonous academics and help them to become aware of their talents and interests.
- Student Teacher Ratio: Through the student-teacher ratio, the parents will have a good idea regarding whether the students will be able to get enough personal attention or not. If the number of teachers in the school is less, then the children will have less or no opportunity of personal interaction with them. It is highly recommended that you choose a school that has sufficient number of teachers.
- Caring and Co-operative staff: The staff (teaching and non-teaching) of the school must be trained and caring as they will have to handle the kids who are less than 5 years of age. Any form of rough or rude behavior can terrorize the children thereby resulting in aversion towards the school.
- Curriculum: The curriculum that is followed in the nursery classes should be appropriate for the age group.
- Take a look at the current students: One look at the students will be enough to tell you whether they are interested, motivated and happy with their school.
- Safety and Health: It is also important to note whether the toys and the teaching tools that are used by the teachers are safe (non-toxic and without choking hazards) or not.
- Feedback: If you are not too sure about the reputation and the quality of education that is imparted in the school, then talk to some people who have had their children admitted in the same school. They will be able to inform you about the positive and the negative attributes about the institution that can help you make up your mind.
Important Tips: A few tips that can help you organize your search better:
- Do not believe the entire picture that is presented to you through the official website of the school. It is always wiser to personally take a tour of the campus before you think about moving ahead. Also take your child along with you and listen to what he has to say on his first visit.
- There is no point pinning your hopes on 2 or 3 schools. Apply to at least 10 schools so that all your options are kept open. This way, if one does not work out, you have other schools to look forward to. If you do not simultaneously apply to a lot of schools, you might realize that the application dates are over when you need them the most.
- Brand names do not always work. It is better to research well about the school, its past results, facilities and staff before opting for the institute.
- In order to organize the process a little more, create two lists. One would contain the names of the schools that are rated high according to your priority and the other would consist of the ones that might not be of the same category but where the chances of getting admission are higher.
Tips on Preparing your Child for Admission
The following methods can be used to prepare your child for the interview session:
- Develop a substantial amount of interest in your child to know whatever is happening around him/her. Awareness and the eagerness to know more and absorb as much information as possible is a positive trait that impresses the interviewers a great deal.
- Good habits like cleanliness, politeness and proper manners need to be inculcated in the children. This is the first and the most important step of beginning the process of socialization within children.
- Do not wait for the nursery schools to begin teaching them the alphabets and the numbers. Start the process at home so that the child is able to grasp the questions related to them.
- Encourage your child to participate in sports and other activities. This will help him keep physically fit and create a positive impression on the interviewers.
- Introduce them to the world of colors, animals and birds through fun activities and picture books.
- Make your child practice handwriting every day.
Tips on preparing yourself for the Interview
Aside from the interview of the candidate, the parents’ interaction with the authorities is also an important factor for the admission procedure. Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions during admission interviews:
- What are your qualifications?
- Why did you select this school for your child?
- Do you spend enough time with your child?
- Do you have any opinion regarding homework?
- Where do you see your child in the future?
- Have you ever beaten your child? If yes, then why so?
- What are your interests and hobbies?
- How do you put your child to sleep if he is not sleepy at all?
- How did you get to know about this school?
- Have you applied anywhere else? If yes, then where?