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    Default Choosing kindergarten

    How did you go about choosing where to send your child to kinder? Did you go on tours or just sign them up for the closest one to your house?

    Are there any specific things I should be looking for, questions I should be asking? Clueless Thanks!

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    I asked around and went largely by recommendations. I also went in and had a look at my top couple of choices. I

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    I am looking at kinders this week. I have listened to what friends liked and didn't like when they had children attending them.
    One I went to yesterday was amazing and another was terrible. Their allergy policy if you could call it that was disgusting, I would have been safer sending my child to spend the day in an egg factory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincolns mummy View Post
    I am looking at kinders this week. I have listened to what friends liked and didn't like when they had children attending them.
    One I went to yesterday was amazing and another was terrible. Their allergy policy if you could call it that was disgusting, I would have been safer sending my child to spend the day in an egg factory.
    Can you elaborate on what your friends didn't like and what kind of questions you're asking potential kinders? I don't have any friends with kids so can't go off of recommendations and am not sure what exactly I should be aware of when choosing. Thanks

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    Likes - friendly staff, facilities, hours, if many of the children will be going on to the same school as my son, allergy policy, if the children there seems like they were having fun and engaged

    Dislikes - my biggest dislike was staff that didn't address my child - they just spoke to me, general vibe of the place, hours.

    I have asked how their day is structured, hours, staff ratios, taken note of facilities and how happy the children that were there seemed to be.

    I walked out of one when I was told their allergy policy. It wasn't even a policy, it was 'we teach the child to be responsible for their own allergy'. All good but if your child is anaphylactic to touch from another child an hour or so after they had egg that isn't going to work!

    The centre I loved was very welcoming, the children seemed happy and like they were having fun, facilities looked great, they have rabbits and chickens, a vegetable patch, the staff spoke to my son and really engaged him before they spoke to me. Everything about the place sounded wonderful.

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    We have been looking at kindy. Some things to consider :

    Class sizes
    Playground
    Buddy system
    Anti bullying policies
    Use of technology
    Communication with parents
    Non academic programs eg dance, sport
    Additional support eg. Intervention programs, special needs, esl

    Also look at the school website and you can find out some more general info.
    It is also worthwhile to visit the schools and see what the feel is.
    My dd is quite shy and sensitive. Our first choice of school is a small one 250 students only. The principal was very friendly and I liked that she believed education is important but not only academic. It is al also about teaching community values and a well rounded individual. We also need before and after school care do have to consider that as well.

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    You also need to decide if you want the kinder to be apart of a school or a stand alone centre. We are doing stand alone because there are none attached to schools in our area.

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    I put them into the closest one to where we were at the time. I had no complaints. When my youngest goes to kinder I'm (hoping) going to be putting him into the one that's a 5 minute drive from where we live, it's also right near the older kids' school and near dp's parents. Good just in case we can't pick him up. The hours ( unless it changes by then) are perfect too.


 

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