Statistics show that a large proportion of parents are unhappy with their first choice of nursery school. The complaints relate primarily to the level of care their toddler receives with secondary criticisms relating to the education and stimulation the young child receives while at school.
Whether they have grounds for complaint or if their claims are unfounded relies mainly on the parent and the child’s ability to adapt to a school environment. The following information is designed to provide specific tips that parents can use to find a nursery school that meets their requirements after they have had a bad experience.
1. Address The Issue
Before looking for a new nursery school, it is important to address the problems that arose in the previous environment. It is important to be objective in evaluating the circumstance of the complaint to determine if the problem was due to a lack of care, level of education or if it was as a result of the child or parent not being able to adapt to the environment.
A lack of care could constitute the child being injured and not attended to, continuous bouts of diaper rash or the child not being fed or put down for naps. If you find that a lack of care is your primary problem, look for a school that has a higher caregiver to child ratio to ensure that the toddler receives a greater amount of attention and higher level of care.
If you find that the child is not receiving adequate stimulation (the child is left in a cot or is expected to entertain themselves), you need to find a nursery school that includes a variety of daily activities and that emphasizes the need for education.
Should you or your child have had difficulties adapting to the environment, find a school that better meets your requirements.
2. Address The New School
You need to make the new school aware of the problems that you experienced at any previous establishments. Allow them to address your concerns and provide you with information on why their school may be a better fit for your child.
Remember to give it some time, especially if the reason for selecting a new school is due to the inability of your child to adapt to his or her new circumstances. It may be a good idea to start slowly, leaving the toddler at the school for an hour at a time and then gradually increasing the period. Just leaving the toddler for an entire day when they are used to being at home with mom can be traumatic.
3. Tried And Tested
You may need to try and test a few schools before you find one that both you and your child are happy with. This process can be frustrating but it will help you determine the best solution to your problems. While you shouldn’t need to lower your expectations, it may be necessary to compromise on one area of schooling that you are not satisfied with to ensure that your child is happy.