November 13th, 2017
In today’s educational landscape, there’s hardly a child who doesn’t attend some sort of enrichment class or tuition. Enrichment classes can foster a genuine love for learning and benefit your child creatively, physically, and mentally. However, with a variety of classes and hundreds of learning centres out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the best place for your little ones. Here are our pro-tips to picking the right enrichment classes for your child.
Make a shortlist
Once you’ve decided to put Junior through piano classes or Mandarin immersion, hit the ground and find out which are the most reputable ones in the country. Poll your fellow mothers, check out a few parenting magazines or do a quick Google search. Once you’ve read up about them, narrow down your list to your top five and work from there.
See it for yourself
Being able to look these centres up online is a great help, but it’s always best to check out the school and its facilities for yourself. Who knows, your “back-up” school might become your top-contender after a visit. By going down in person, you can also meet the teachers and speak to them about any concerns you may have. You can even approach other parents to ask them how effective the classes are and how their children like it here.
Sit in on a class
Most enrichment schools shouldn’t be too fussed about letting you observe an on-going class for 10 minutes or so. Note how the classes are conducted and how the children behave in class. Are they energetic and excited or listless and bored? Every child is unique and may not fit into a particular class. If you can’t picture your kid in that environment, it’s best to look elsewhere.
With their already packed schedules, you don’t want to burden you and your child with unnecessarily long travelling times. No matter how good the school is, if you can’t find a convenient transport arrangement, there’s no point forcing it. In the long run, it will be more trouble than it’s worth and may cause your kid to tire herself out.
Ensure your child is comfortable
Of course, we can’t forget the star of the show. You may want to bring your child down for a visit too before you make your final decision. After all, Junior will be the one who will have to spend hours in the place, so her comfort is of the utmost priority. Forcing your child will only give her a negative learning experience.
To get you started, check out the 2017/18 winners of Parents World’s Best Enrichment and Learning Schools here!
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