Whether your child is starting school for the first time or you have moved to a new area, you will need to enrol your child in school. Here we take you through a few of the most pertinent rules in order to make the process easy and hassle-free.
When should you enrol your child in school?
Rule of thumb, you should be considering enrolment for FS1 or PRE-K, for the following academic year, when your child turns two. In the U.A.E., you enrol your child in the academic year prior to when he or she is due to start school. Most schools will open for new applications between September and December, although some schools will only open initially for sibling applications during this period.
What are the basic skills your child should possess before being enroled?
There are a few basic skills children must possess before they start school, such as being toilet trained. Schools will also look at the following basic skills such as how children communicate, independence (their ability to separate from their parents), their ability to engage with the teacher and other children, ability to follow instructions, and the child’s fine motor skills.
What factors should you take into consideration before choosing a school for your child?
Choosing a school for your children combines a number of practical and emotional factors that raise crucial questions around geographical considerations, school culture, budget, and learning beyond the classroom. These are just a few of the things you may like to address.
How should you mentally prepare your child for school?
Many GEMS schools hold specific Early Years events that are designed to help parents find the answer to this question. We would encourage parents to attend these events because it helps to demystify what goes on inside the classroom.