Don’t choose nursery, choose consciousness

You meet your child’s physical needs as much as possible. You don’t leave his needs to someone else. Education is actually a child’s need. After the family, the child’s first social and educational area is kindergartens. Kindergartens differ in many areas such as their location, education systems, physical conditions, educator quality and more.

Kindergartens try to optimize all these conditions for your child’s needs. But the most important issue, which we do not count among them, is consciousness. By consciousness, I do not mean to love children, not to want the best for them. Kindergartens are commercial businesses and provide services. They set their prices according to the quality of the service they offer. When you go to visit the kindergartens, they want to sell you these services. They tell you the best aspects of their institution that distinguish it from other institutions. At this stage, you will be dealing with the owner of most institutions. A correct impression about the owner of the institution will allow you to have an idea in many areas such as the functioning of the institution and its teachers.

I think children learn best on the street. Because they are free on the street; they touch, they fall, they get dirty, they cope… In short, they only have themselves. The purpose of pre-school education should not be to prepare children academically for Grade 1. Because even though children do not go to an educational institution before the first grade, they can learn numbers, colors and concepts. State-of-the-art projectors in classrooms, televisions, lots of materials, classrooms that have turned into confusion in terms of attracting attention, and most importantly, unfulfilled promises that can sometimes even appeal to you. Your child will spend almost 7-8 hours there. You should make the best use of that environment as much as possible.

It is very important to be confident when enrolling your child in kindergarten. Make sure you’re not convinced. The first concept you need to be sure of is intent. Kindergartens are commercial enterprises. There are financial concerns for the continuity of the institution. This is very normal, no one is doing this for charity. But when welcoming you, in verbal and nonverbal communication, you should get an idea of ​​the other person’s intentions. If you are making a decision for your child, all your senses need to be open. If the greeter does not understand child development and education, you can remove it from your list. Because those who do not have knowledge on these issues have no interest, so they will not be sufficient in matters that directly concern the child, such as physical conditions, educators, security.

The child learns through play by starting an academic life. In his academic life, he also learns by playing, but the school rules the learning of certain things. Time passes with songs, ballads, games and activities in kindergarten. As parents, you have to know your child’s development. While visiting the kindergartens, you should check whether the toys are really age-appropriate. You have to make sure that the toys are not just put there. The important thing is not that children learn as much as possible, but that what they learn is appropriate for their age and that they learn to the full. Teaching too much can raise questions about the quality of what is taught. That’s why eligibility and occupancy criteria are important.

Issues such as proximity to home, workplace or caregiver, meticulousness of security measures, where and under what conditions the meals are served, the contents of the meals, and the suitability of the sleeping areas are also important. But after making sure that it is a conscious business in the first step, the physical conditions should be evaluated. Because children do not learn only with toys. Sometimes they also make their own toys. At this point, interest, relevance, knowledge and good guidance can be more effective than many toys.

However, the physical characteristics should also be suitable for the child. The length of the shelves, whether the materials are made of materials suitable for children, having a garden (no longer standard without a garden), class sizes sufficient for a teacher to take care of all children, order and cleanliness of the cafeteria, tightness of security measures (how to let someone from outside, how to get children out). You should also keep in mind many features such as the suitability of the sleeping room and what the children sleep on, whether there is a specialist who can psychologically observe the children, if possible, and whether the children will be checked for health.

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