While some countries have made pre-schooling and kindergarten education for children optional, we cannot deny the fact that these places do, in fact, provide several key advantages to any child who is willing and capable of joining them. Not only do they lay the basic foundations to act as stepping stones for school activities, but they also provide much needed social development to encourage children to live and work in small groups and our society as a whole.
Despite a few shortcomings, you can clearly see that sending your child to a preschool in Hong Kong or kindergarten is something that can be considered worthwhile. But then, how do you make sure that you select a good institution out the many currently available in your area?
The first thing you need to do is to start looking at the world from your child’s perspective. With that in mind, read through the following points before making your final decision:
Make an Inquiry
Get hold of a contact number of each and every institution that has caught your interest to ask for more details on how the enrolment procedure works and some other basic information. You can also use this opportunity to ask about what kind of learning system is followed (like Montessori or Reggio Emilia methods), availability of space and the duration of the learning period.
Visit the Premises Yourself
Phone inquiries are useful for getting to know the basics but aren’t that helpful for anything beyond that. If it seems like one of the institutions you contacted is a good candidate for being your child’s kindergarten, make plans to visit their premises as soon as possible. The moment you step inside you will quickly notice how the air feels: the faces of the children in a playgroup Hong Kong can tell you a whole lot more than a simple phone call. You can also go on to meet the teachers and learn more about rules, regulations as well as what policies are followed.
Kindergartens all have different schedules: some of them may only teach for half a day, others may accommodate children until the afternoon and some more will only be open on some days of the week. Depending on your work schedule and free time, you need to choose a place that opens and closes at certain hours when you can both send and pick your child without issues.
Some institutes may call for parents who wish to enrol their children to pay a small fee in advance. There is often a deadline for this payment, and a failure to look into means that your child’s registration can be delayed. Also remember the fact that kindergartens with high demand and good standards will fill up quite quickly, and they may refuse to register your child due to no available vacancies.