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Got kids? They’re bound to be top of your list of priorities. You’re going to want the best for them, ensuring that they have a good quality of life growing up and all the opportunities available to them within easy reach. A huge factor in this is education. Education can open all sorts of doors for your children as they grow up. It can give them the knowledge they need to succeed in life and get the career they want. It can also help them to become more rounded and insightful adults with better relationships amongst family, friends and partners. The list of potential goes on. But how can you make sure that your child gets the best education available to them? Here are some suggestions that you might want to take into consideration!Choosing a School
Look into average grades - of course, there are going to be children of all sorts of abilities in every school. But average grades can be a good indicator of teaching standards, the quality of facilities and other elements of schooling that you might be interested in for your child. Most schools have to publish their average grades. Take a look through them to find a school where children tend to be doing better than average.
Read official reports - schools tend to have inspections that show what a professional inspector thinks of the school as a whole. They will write up a report, giving insight into various areas of the school’s operations and a general overview. Take a look at the reviews of schools you’re interested in, as they can give you insight into areas of their operation that you might not have been aware of before.
What do other parents have to say? - some of the best people to review a school are parents of the children who go there. There are now many websites and other forums that allow parents to talk about the school their children have been to, giving honest reviews and letting others know what they think. Browse through and look for schools with mainly positive reviews and experiences.
Consider open days - many schools hold open days where prospective parents and students can take a look at the building and its facilities. This can give you a feel for the property and can help you to determine whether this is the right environment for your children to spend time in.
Be practical - of course, there will be some truly great schools out there. But you also need to be practical in your decision making. You’re not realistically going to be able to drop your children two hours to school each day and this journey can be draining for them, as well as expensive for you. Consider cost, distance and other practical factors that can determine whether this school is right for you and your child.
Museums - museums are packed with artifacts from times gone by. Here, your children can learn about everything from Ancient Egypt to Ancient Rome, Greece, wars, astronomy, inventions and so much more. Of course, different museum tend to specialise in different areas, so see what your little one is interested in and find one that’s appropriate for them.
Art galleries - many children enjoy art and from a young age will develop their personal tastes and preferences. Art galleries are packed with interesting things to see, from modern art to classical styles. Many art galleries also hold exhibitions specially for children to introduce them to more basic concepts of art.
Historical sites - historical sites can be extremely fun to explore. Ruins, castles, points of significant historical interest. The list really does go on. Make sure to look for interesting historical sites in your area and get your children excited for their big day out. Many will offer headsets which talk through what you’re seeing as you walk around.
Science centers - is your little one into science? There are all sorts of science centers around, focusing on everything from space travel to biology and natural history. Browse those nearby or consider traveling further afield for a special day out.
Nature walks - there’s a lot to be learnt from nature. The changing colors of the leaves on the trees, bugs and small critters, wildlife, lakes, streams… the list goes on. This is also a very cost effective day out, as all you need is some outdoor space to explore together.