Choosing the best for your child

by Anonymous Author

Watching a child in your care grow from a toddler to a confident young adult, for some is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but that’s not to say it doesn’t come with its fair share of trials.

One of the most crucial decisions is deciding who to assign the critical role of educating your youngster.

When you are looking for an education provider, there can be a number of options to choose from.

Firstly make a list of all the available options for education providers in your area keeping in mind travel times, transport and zoning.

It also helps to make a list of the things that are important to you and your child such as the style of care, services offered, size of the establishment and parental involvement.

Look into things such as who looks after the children, what are their qualifications, are there routines such as nap times and how they manage behaviour.

The most important thing to do is go for visits and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Take note of how welcome you feel on first arrival. Do the other students seem happy? Do the adults and children seem to respect one another?

It is also possible to check the Education Review Office report. ERO is a government department that reviews ECE services, kohanga reo, schools and kura as part of its work.

These reports provide information for parents and communities about strengths and next steps for development for each service. 

The reports cover things like the learning environment, processes and procedures, how educators relate to students, the commitment to bicultural practices and how they support Maori learners, how they review and monitor themselves, and their vision and philosophy. 

They can be viewed here: ero.govt.nz/review-reports/.