For many parents, choosing the perfect preschool for your child can feel overwhelming. Educational philosophy, location, environment and facilities are just some of the things that every parent needs to think about when making their schooling choice. That’s why it’s important to get the advice of people who know the school best – the parents of students! This is especially true if you’re looking for personal insight on a school with an ethos that matches your educational dreams for your little ones. With that in mind, we spoke to parents Jean-Luc and Candice Fringeli about why they chose Blue House Nursery & International Preschool for their two children.
Tell us about the children you have attending the school…
Our daughter, DeeAnn, is three, and is currently enrolled in nursery. We also have a five year-old son, Keziah, who is in junior kindergarten. They have been studying at Blue House since early 2017.
What were the most important factors for you in selecting a school?
We come from the countryside of Switzerland so we grew up in an environment where children can play freely outdoors, connect with nature and experience the joy of playing and being kids. We believe that this helps them grow into confident, independent people. Their curiosity and interests should be acknowledged so that they love what they learn. Children should also have the opportunity to learn by playing in an open, welcoming environment. In a nutshell, some of the most important factors include: a focus on creativity, a flexible curriculum and a community where children can be children.
How has the school lived up to your expectations?
We were not disappointed by our choice. The school’s environment is truly beautiful, and children can choose to play and learn indoors or outdoors. It offers plenty of creative tools, classes and recycled objects for kids to unleash their imagination with the support of fun, inventive teachers. The teachers genuinely care about the children and are open with parents. We are also encouraged to connect with the school – and we feel welcome in our kids’ classrooms!
What do your children like most about attending this school?
Keziah and DeeAnn always look forward to going to school. They both like their teachers very much and love being able to choose the activities they want to do in class.
What sort of curriculum does this school offer?
A flexible curriculum that revolves around the children’s interests and their parents’ opinions, with a focus on art, nature and social aspects.
What advice would you give other parents trying to choose a school?
The parents should first define what values they would like their children to adhere to, then the school selection becomes clearer.
What do you value most about the school?
The natural environment, its warm and engaging teachers, their focus on creativity and the school’s homey vibe.
What has your experience of the school bus service been like?
The children love the school bus staff and don’t mind taking the bus at all. It turned out that the children liked the bus rides from day one.
Are you satisfied with the level of communication you receive from the school and how they engage parents?
Yes we are. The school provides a reflective journal almost everyday, explaining what the kids did during the day, providing quotes from them that are also accompanied by pictures. In addition, the teachers have been always good at responding to our queries. The school also sends regular updates and parents are also encouraged to be involved.
How much homework is expected of your children?
There is no homework.
This post is sponsored by Blue House Nursery and International Preschool