It is an important decision to choose which school to enroll your child in as this is the beginning of their lifelong learning. No pressure!
Some may think it is as simple as choosing a school nearest to home or the most affordable without considering the implications.
The best way to go about this is for parents to evaluate different types of schools while the child is still an infant. Starting as soon as possible will be much beneficial for securing a spot for your child. Already it is increasingly challenging to enroll toddlers into crèche.
Things you need to consider when choosing the right school
- Apart from your child’s strengths, weaknesses, interests and personality also take into consideration the cultures and values of different schools to see if they fit with your family values.
- Evaluate the standard and quality of the education provided by each school. Do you want to send your child to a single-sex school or co-ed school? What are you feelings toward boarding school or would you prefer them staying at home?
- Will they be switching schools in high school?
- Are the school fees affordable to you?
- Be practical. Evaluate different transport options and whether there is family or family friends attending the school to assist with transport.
- Will you child require aftercare?
- Look at the school’s previous academic performance.
- What extra mural activities do the various schools offer?
- Does the school accommodate children with special needs and developmental delays?
Understanding different types of schools
1. Public schools also known as Government schools
Often these schools depend on government for funding and supplies and the standard of education varies from region to region. Public schools are more affordable.
2. Private schools
Are more independent of government schools, can be slightly more expensive and some of which have an exceptional standard of education.
3. Alternative learning schools
These are your alternative and arts schools, such as Waldorf and Montessori. The schools are designed to accommodate needs of your child that cannot be adequately addressed at traditional schools.
4. International schools
Provide world class education through an internationally recognised curriculum.
5. Home schooling
Is becoming increasingly popular with parents wanting to educate their children from home instead of taking them to traditional schools. However, to do so you have to register with the Department of Education and make sure your child is added to the system.