Have I made the right school choice?

July 18, 2015

My little Tigger starts school in September. It doesn’t seem two minutes since I was worrying whether I was making the right decision about moving him from day nursery to pre-school. The transition was really easy and looking back I really had no reason to worry.

Now that he is starting school I’m not worries about how he’ll cope with the change but more whether I have made the right school choice for him. Come September he will be joining Roo at her junior school as it changes to a primary school alongside all the other schools in our area.

Having them both at the same school was my deciding factor when the registration papers arrived last October. However, now I’m thinking that I should have left him at the school where he attends pre-school as I don’t feel that Roo’s school are ready for reception aged children.

A number of hiccups have already made me question my decision to send him to her school. From delaying the reception class start date, rearranging the new parents evening to meet the teachers, opting to have the children start less than part-time hours for the first week to a poorly organised teddy bears picnic for the children to meet their new teachers. Whilst I’m sure the teachers they have employed are wonderful they are new, unfamiliar with the school and haven’t filled me with confidence about the school year ahead when I have had the opportunity to talk to them about Tigger.

I’m worried that I have place convenience ahead of Tigger’s education. The other school has had many, many reception classes and are all set up for four-year olds, they follow on from the work achieved within the pre-school, pushing the children to learn to their potential rather than lumping the children together assuming they are all at the same level.

Unfortunately there is a waiting list at the other school and the chances of getting a place are slim. Maybe Roo’s school will pull it out of the bag come September and my worries will be unfounded. I really hope that I’m proved wrong but I really don’t think that they are ready for a class full of four-year olds.

  • Parenthood Highs and Lows July 18, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Eek, that wouldn’t fill anyone with much confidence. However, if it helps at all I can promise you that 99% of teachers really do slog away through the holidays to make sure everything is ready for September (I used to be a primary teacher), so hopefully it has all been teething problems, and come September all will be fine. x

  • Mellissa Williams July 18, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    It’s an anxious time, waiting to see if you have picked the right school. Maybe your fears are unfounded, fingers crossed.

  • Cass July 18, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I grew up with teachers – most people in my family went down that road and I can say they worked so hard during the holidays – I hope that helps a little 🙂 I is unsettling though I can completely understand. Let us know how it goes xx

  • Rachael July 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    He will be fine and you’ve made the decision because deep down you know it’s the right one. It’s gonna be tough but come the 2nd week he’ll be raring to go and play with all his brand new friends. Enjoy the summer holidays and have loads of fun 🙂

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