As parents we want the very best for our children, from the day they are born we endeavour to the best of our abilities to provide a safe and nurturing environment where they can thrive and grow as people. From nutritious food to education to teaching basic social skills, we have a responsibility to provide our children with solid foundation from which they can move onwards and upwards and ultimately lead a rewarding life.
The cornerstone of any child’s upbringing is education, whether this is at home, nursery or at school, it will ultimately contribute to what they become. For expatriates and their children this can be a little challenging as the social norms in one country might not be the same as in another country. If you are based in Thailand as a result of work and are accompanied by a young family, the chances are you will have been looking for a high-quality preschool in Bangkok. Many nurseries and schools in Bangkok are at least equal to best educational establishments in Asia and provide children with a comprehensive education in a nurturing environment.
What to Look for in a Bangkok Preschool
There are many things you need to check before you enrol your child into a preschool, I have listed the most important things to consider below:
- A Happy Learning Environment
- Facilities that are Designed to Stimulate and Inspire Learning
- An Internationally Recognised Curriculum
- Highly Qualified Teachers
- Effective School to Parent Communication
The above considerations are just the bare minimum requirements when selecting a preschool for your child, when you visit a school at the invitation of the principal you will also get a feeling of what the school is like. You will meet the teachers and look around and be able to form an opinion as to whether the school is suitable for your child.
As parents, you can’t really put a price on a decent education, and as with any highly regarded international school there will be fees to be paid and ultimately, like everything, you get what you pay for. Established international schools will always be transparent with their pricing structure and will present you with a sliding scale of costs depending on the child’s age. If your overseas assignment is long term or permanent, you will also need to think about their long-term education and budget accordingly.
Before you enrol your child into school, you will probably look online for reviews and testimonials that indicate what other parents think of the school as a whole. Although the internet contains a wealth of information, you should never underestimate a word of mouth recommendation. By speaking to other parents, you will get a rounded opinion of the school and ultimately be able to make an informed choice whether to enrol your child.
This said, the majority of international schools in Bangkok provide outstanding levels of education and world class facilities.