Nursery school is an important milestone for every parent and child. As parents we want to ensure that we send our children to a school where they feel comfortable and safe, while having access to the best education possible. No doubt there are numerous options surrounding you, which can make selecting the best nursery school a tedious researching task. My advice? Check out the private schools first and foremost.
The Benefits of Private Preschools
Private nursery schools often times have a leg up on surrounding public schools. A few benefits private schools can offer are:
Individualized Support. Children learn in different ways and at different paces. This can mean some students fall behind simply because they’re not receiving enough one on one personalized instruction. Usually this is neither the fault of the student, or the fault of the teacher; public schools tend to have larger class sizes, which makes individual support nearly impossible. Private schools, on the other hand, typically have smaller class sizes, which give teachers more time to focus on children who may be struggling with certain concepts. With this additional support children can be taught new skill and new material in a way that makes sense to them, and have fun doing so. Additionally, private schools often have more staff, and since preschool is usually a child’s first time away from home, the extra teachers can help guide their transition, and make them feel more comfortable at school.
Superior Teaching. Speaking of teachers, private schools often employ staff that is trained to cater to all types of students. This means that ‘gifted’ students will receive the same attention and instruction that students with special needs will. No student will be made to feel they can’t grasp a concept, or that they’re falling behind. These teachers are able to recognize the needs of their students and craft lesson plans around what will work for everyone equally. Private institutions are some of the most progressive schools when it comes to this type of equal teaching. These specialized teachers can also assist with extra tutoring if needed, and I know from personal experience just how much of a difference that can make.
Flexibility of Learning. Private schools often offer a flexibility in their curriculum that public schools can’t. Along with tailoring the curriculum to suit student needs, they oftentimes have more extracurricular activities for children to enjoy. This means courses like music, art, library, and computers, which can even be started at a preschool level. Having these additional options not only breaks up the monotony of the day to day, and give students something different to look forward to, but they can help build foundational skills that can serve them even in adulthood.
Stability. Often times private schools will start classes in preschool and go all the way up through the 8th grade. This can make a difference, as they won’t have to worry about moving to a different school come 1st grade, and having to learn a whole new curriculum. It also means that the friends they make now, will follow alongside them for years to come.
Values. Depending on the private school you will find different focuses on culture and values. Schools with religious affiliations will oftentimes have special curriculum that caters to fostering an understand of that religion spirituality. This aspect can be deeply important to many parents, which is one reason many seek out schools of this time. However, regardless of your religious affiliation, these schools are able to teach important lessons, such as kindness and consideration for others.
Early education can have a huge impact in a child’s school career, and finding a school that can cater to them, and instill in them a love of learning, is important. If you’re looking for the best options in your area, I would suggest researching the private preschools first. They have a lot of resources that can help foster and support your child’s love of learning, and they can help build a foundation that will benefit them for years and years to come.