What to look out for when choosing a Primary School for your child

Finding the right school is not an easy task, it can be time and energy draining but totally worth it. As always we are here to help you in your search for the perfect fit for your child. Many parents are swayed by finery, others are packed full of unnecessary information they forget what to look out for. Here is a guide on what to inquire about before selecting a school.

BASIC INFORMATION.

These you should have for reference. They can be gotten quickly and easily online, preferably from here

  • School name.
  • Location.
  • Phone number.
  • Background of school Director/ Proprietress or Headmistress.
  • School fees.

ACADEMICS

  • Find out about the school’s curriculum.
  • Demand to get an overview of school’s track record.
  • Inquire at and outside the school for students’ performance before and after graduation.
  • Know the amount of homework given to a child everyday.
  • Make sure there are well utilized laboratories and library.
  • Available for pupils should be an Arts and Music Studio.

SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

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  • Is the environment clean and healthy?
  • What precautions are taken to ensure safety of your child?
  • Student-Teacher ratio : make sure your child would get the attention he needs from his teachers.
  • Ask about their policy regarding discipline.
  • Make sure the playground is child friendly and spacious.
  • What After-school activities, clubs and sports are offered?
  • Lunch policy: ensure your child’s nutrition is in good hands. Also notify the school if your child has allergies.

STAFF

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Your child needs:

  • teachers trained to recognize and work well with the special needs of children.
  • teachers knowledgeable and qualified to teach their subject.
  • supportive, positive and dedicated personnel who realize that they are dealing with children.
  • a teaching method that supports his personality and potential .

YOUR CHILD

  • The support and resources your child needs should be present.
  • Your child should like the school.
  • Listen to reasons why he likes or does not like the school.
  • Respect your child’s reasons if valid, try to reason with them if you feel his reasons are not fairly based.

YOU

  • Make sure the location, pick up and drop off hours are convenient for you.
  • You should be able to keep track of your child’s progress with ease.
  • The school should be ready  keep you informed on all happenings in school.
  • There should be regular Parent-Teacher conferences for strong communication.

You can go through our list of primary schools here. Using the guide we have given, our filters and compare feature try to find the best for your child.

Our platform provides you the advantage of doing all your research online. With just your phone or PC you can message your choice school and obtain a reply from them on our website. Each school’s profile contains their activities, facilities, awards and events with pictures to support their claims. You can compare schools, obtain directions to schools and write reviews on known schools. All this can be done for FREE just click here. For schools looking to sign up click here

Your child can learn while having fun. Try these tips this holiday

Most parents believe that the school provides all a child needs.This belief leaves many aspects of the child’s life unattended to and in the course of this certain needs are bypassed and tagged unimportant. After school and during holidays the child is neglected and lonely having little or no friends outside school. Boredom comes knocking and most parents are comfortable plopping their children down in front of the television or game console.

Too much television is not healthy, the child knows little of the outside world and his social skills continue to deplete. A child is structured with what he sees and experiences, feelings as well as intellect are developed inline with the environment. The brain should not be dulled, help your child keep it in constant motion with fun activities and healthy challenges like these:

Learning a new skill: there are many skills children can learn from bead making to woodwork. Let your child pick whichever fascinates them the most and watch them have fun and learn. They can sell their products after they’ve made them, this helps them learn about money and value.

Learning a new language: the benefits of your child learning a new language was duly highlighted in our previous post. Learning a new language can be fun and challenging at the same time this keeps them occupied and developing.

Joining educational clubs: During the holidays you can sign your child up with an educational club like a book club, JET club or MAD science club. They get to make new friends outside school. In addition to learning they also develop social skills which they will need as they get older.


Travel: Nothing widens your horizon like travelling. Your Child does not have to visit another country, a family trip to a new town, city or state can be quite as amazing. Learning a different custom and trying out new food can be wonderful brain catalysts and an efficient boredom killer. Also boosts family love creates special family memories and tightens family bond.

Go for educational concerts and fairs: fairs and concerts can be quite fun. Your child gets to meet like minds in a healthy environment. They also get to try new things and gain worthwhile experiences. Educational fairs help them with career choices. They enjoy stage performances, storytelling sessions and interactive games. Qualified persons also give talks which children are encouraged to participate in. These activities helps boost your child’s social development further.

Museums and zoos also provide healthy clean fun environments where your child learns whilst having immense fun.

Children learn best while they’re having fun, these fun activities will give your child a wealth of knowledge and keep them busy all through the holidays.

We hope this article has been quite helpful, some schools provide these activities during the course of the session. If you’re interested in finding these schools click here and our search button and filters will guide you.

Foreign Languages; a prerequisite in Schools.

 

Most persons who studied in a Nigerian School a decade back have no foreign language skills, when asked they usually reply “I studied French in school but I cannot speak it”. Most went by foreign languages classes enough to learn “Je m’appelle Henry” and other simple statements; they grew to regret this waste of ample opportunity.

 

Why should we be bothered about foreign languages?

Notwithstanding global acceptance and cultural appreciation, learning a foreign language gives the child a leg up in many areas of their lives. Despite boosting a child’s reading abilities and increasing academic performance, learning a foreign language also improves interpersonal skills which help build profitable relationships globally.

Learning foreign languages should be elementary.

Previous generations have been stung by the language barrier which makes today’s parents want more courses on languages, local and International. They expect French, Spanish, German and even Mandarin to be taught to children as young as two years old. Foreign languages have become an important criteria for Parents in selecting a school for their ward.

Does your school provide any of these courses? Parents are waiting; simply sign up with us here for free to get you to parents.

 

Top Creches in Ajah

Over the months we at schoolscompasss have had the advantage of one-on-one chats with working new mothers. Overtime we found that 96.5% of them attributed success in careers to a good creche. They claimed a good creche reduced the constant nagging worry mothers have regarding their children. Knowing your child is in good hands increases your productivity at work. And after a rather hectic day nothing beats going home to the infectious happiness of a well taken care of child who is ecstatic to see you. Our questions then took a different route, What makes a good creche? A mother of two had a rather straightforward answer, she said” child friendly facilities and a clean environment are essential but what distinctively marks out a creche is the loving care the staff show your child”.

We realize that today’s mothers want more than just a place to drop off and pick up their children, they want a place where a formidable foundation is laid for their child. A creche helps develop your child’s initial social and intellectual skills, these skills lay the foundation and a good foundation leads to a better brighter future. So we caution parents to choose wisely. With the vast advantage and information we decided to begin a series giving you the best of creches in all corners of Nigeria, today we begin with Ajah. Notwithstanding, you can always check out other schools on our website

ALPHA COVENANT HERITAGE SCHOOL

Alpha Covenant Heritage School is a christian school located in Awoyaya, Ajah. Providing holistic literary and spiritual training from the cradle, Alpha Covenant Heritage School is interested in moulding your child and leading him down the right path. Alpha Covenant Heritage School bestow not only literary input but also principles and precepts of Godliness which when given at an early stage is retained, thereby building a beneficial personnel who will give back to society anywhere in the world. ACHS is built on the notion that parents and the school co-raise the child for a more balanced and profitable development. Nurturing your child with love, literary and spiritual enlightenment guaranteeing that your child gets only the best base for a beautiful future. Alpha Heritage School provides a lot of needed facilities, activities and more. To learn more about Alpha Covenant Heritage School  here

TREASURE CHEST CHILDREN’S PLACE

Like the name treasure chest children’s place seeks to find and aid the growth of your child’s hidden and obvious treasures. Located in Addo-Baddore road, Ajah Treasure chest believes that every child is unique and loaded with potentials just waiting to be found. Treasure Chest therefore provides all the amenities needed to nurture your child physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and spiritually. In treasure chest your child procures prime knowledge of cultural and social values which embeds and helps create a strong lovable personality. To learn more about facilities, fees, activities and so on kindly visit their profile here

WINFIELD MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Located in Ajah, Winfield Montessori School has the motto “developing tomorrow’s leaders”. With state of the art creche facilities Winfield Montessori seeks to prepare your child for the future through dedicated staff, mind and body building activities. Winfield Montessori seeks to touch the lives of children and in the same vein produce happy pupils that will make headway in life. Winfield Montessori is interested in boosting your child’s initiative, making him/her into a disciplined personnel with a high self esteem. Winfield believes that the creche helps set the building blocks for adulthood therefore the dedicated staff ensure your child’s development in the most loving way possible. To learn more about Winfield Montessori School simply click here

YELLOWSUN MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Located in Awoyaya, Ajah Yellowsun Montessori school uses proven Montessori methods to heighten children’s learning with self confidence, independence and focus. Yellowsun Montessori takes seriously every Montessori tenet with the vision to breed unparalleled children academically and socially. Grooming of your child’s sensors, language, cultural and moral life can not be taken up by a better group of dedicated staff. Your child’s well-being stays forefront in both the administrative and teaching staff’s agenda. Already created is a clean healthy environment with all the right tools approved by Maria Montessori for strategic development in children.Click here to find out more about Yellowsun Montessori School.

If you know any creche that should be on this list and is not kindly let us know here, we appreciate your feedback.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIES TO GROW YOUR SCHOOL FOR SUCCESS

STANDING OUT

Committed, Personal and Visionary Leadership
In their best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner noted that exemplary leaders model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart.
These leadership qualities should define any school leader, be it the School head, Director of admissions etc.

Birds flying in the formation of an arrow shape, following a leader bird. A metaphor on teamwork and leadership.

Once a school leadership is incompetent or wrongheaded, student enrolment for such school is stunted, parents’ confidence wanes, teachers’ commitment to duty is affected while the students/pupils bear all the brunt.
From the investigation of SchoolsCompass team, it was established that the most successful schools today are actually those whose leaders:

STRIVE FOR QUALITY

Deploy the workforce effectively, with a focus on developing high quality teachers: Teacher effectiveness is the priority of any shrewd school administrator. They know the positive impact quality teachers have on the students/pupils and the school in general, so they devote a chunk of the school budget on teaching staff.

RETAIN THE BEST

Retention of effective teachers is also a vital characteristic of a visionary school administrator. Evidence shows that there are a number of factors that influence teachers’ decision to leave the profession such as work load and pupil behavior, etc. With a committed leader overseeing affairs of the school, these issues can easily be taken care of.

As a school administrator, do not compromise quality. Moreover, put measures in place to increase the chance of retaining your best teachers. Having a teachers’ Annual Appraisal is a necessity. Among other things, it takes care of incompetent teachers. Also, remove all unnecessary bureaucracy that could divert teachers away from delivering high quality education.

HIRE A BUSINESS MANAGER

Have access to a skilled business school manager: A school business manager enhances your school efficiency. Until recently, the post was virtually unknown in the education sector, but now it is an integral part of schools’ leadership team. An effective School Business Manager is the dream of any visionary school owner because he/she reduces workloads for others (especially the school head) by taking away burdens and streamlining the systems within which all the staff operate.

In some schools visited by SchoolsCompass team, (both primary and secondary), it was observed that office of the School Business Manager plays a prominent role not only in managing the school’s finances, but in working with the head teacher and others who set the strategic direction of the school. They create a school culture in which every member of staff and the wider school community is aware of the need to make every penny count.

Don’t you think your school needs a School Business Manager?

MARKETING

Make good use of financial bench-marking information: Bench marking is a powerful tool for change. It helps schools to know the performance of schools that are similar to them, and also provide a source of information to challenge school leaders on how resources are used and on the school’s relative performance. It takes a visionary leader to fancy this modus operandi.

It is high time your school employed this model (if not already). Look out for schools that are rated similar as yours. Where you find that the school spends much less and yet achieve same outcome compare to your school’s huge budget in same area, contact them directly to know what they are doing right that your school isn’t doing.

 

All these are proven practices that outstanding school leaders used to grow their school. You too can do same for your school.Is your school practicing any of these ideas? Or do you fancy initiating them? SchoolsCompass will like to hear from you.

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