Everyone wants their children to learn and grow. While there might be varying opinions on formal education, all children have a right to an education of some kind. When you have a little one at home, you start thinking pretty early about how you want them to be educated and what you want them to learn. There’s lots to think about, not just concerning curriculum but the values you want your child to learn too. If you want to get your child’s education off to a good start, there are a few things you might want to think about. Here are some factors to consider.
It Begins at Home
Your child’s education begins long before they start school or even pre-school or playgroup. Children are like sponges, and start to soak things up as soon as they’re out in the world (possibly even before). If you want your child to have the right education, you need to begin by encouraging various skills at home. That doesn’t mean that you have to start teaching them to read or do maths as soon as possible. It means you should help them develop skills like motor skills and social skills that will help them at school and in the wider world.
Finding the Right Pre-school
From age two, you might be considering sending your child to pre-school. If you’ve decided this is the right choice for you and your child, you need to find the right one. You might find the tips from Rainbow Pre-School on what questions to ask pre-school teachers useful. There are several things to consider, from the school’s overall philosophy to the specific activities your child might be doing. You can get free early education for three and four-year-olds, and some two-year-olds in England.
Explore Your Schooling Options
Many parents start exploring their options for school fairly early. They want to know what’s out there, even from pre-school age. You might be interested in a Montessori or a forest kindergarten. There are state and private school options, or some parents might also consider homeschooling. Whatever you want to do, make sure you explore your options and understand what each of them entails. Think about which possibilities match your values and will give your child the education you want them to have. Consider the wider picture too. Will your child be happy with a particular school or type of schooling?
Choose the Right Time for Starting School
Choosing the right time for your child to start primary school can be tricky. When they start in reception, they will often have the option of deferring their school start for a few months. It’s also possible for children born in the summer (1 April to 31 August) to start school in the September after they turn five, instead of during the school year after they turn four. If you have a four-year-old who you think isn’t ready for school, it could be possible to defer their school start too. It’s up to you what you think might be best for your child.
Get your child’s education off to a good start by being informed about your options. You can make better choices for your child if you’re knowledgeable.
*This is a collaborative post.