Why I Chose To Send My Kids to Private Pre-School
Little Miss turned 2.5 years in July which meant in September she was allowed to join pre-school. Prior to this she would attend nursery 3 days a week and with Nain (her grandmother) twice a week.
State Run Pre-School
Before the end of term, the husband (or “hubby” as I refer to him on my blog) went to a local pre-school open day. It was a state run pre-school. He was actually quite shocked by what he saw. He said that there didn’t seem to be much interaction between the kids and the staff. Our girl was running around like a little maniac whilst the other kids looked as if they’d been given tranquillisers! On reflection, that might be saying more about our girl than the pre-school.
He visited a local private pre-school. The difference was amazing! There seemed to be structure and teaching in this pre-school. I also visited this school and I was very impressed with it all.
Is It All About The Money?
I wonder whether the difference does come down to money. The State school clearly has lower funding than the private school. The private school has admission charges as you would expect from a private school.
Why Did We Choose the Private Pre-School?
We worked out that by sending her to the state school, we would have to still send her to nursery before and after the school day. As the school day was short, it would have ended up paying for a whole day in nursery.
By sending her to the private pre-school, she could stay there all day and no need for separate nursery place as well. In the end, it cost us the same to send her to private school as it did to send her to nursery/state pre-school for 3 days a week.
For us it was a no-brainer. At the risk of sounding posh, if we pay the same, then we’re choosing the better option. We like the idea of structure and teaching and had always wanted them to learn to read, write and “do sums” as early as possible.
Plus if they stay at the private school on a long term basis then they will have access to so much more activities such as ski-club (obviously at a price).
A Future Problem?
All of this comes at a price. For now we’re no worse off financially but when it comes to mainstream schooling, then private school is going to cost us a hell of a lot more. I have a BIG problem. Little Miss has settled in so well at the private pre-school that I don’t want to take her out! So don’t be surprised if you see me begging for money soon!
What are your thoughts?
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