If you live in a highly competitive preschool or kindergarten admissions market like New York City, L.A., San Francisco or Washington, D.C., you may be thinking of hiring a consultant to help you through the process. Admissions consultants offer an insider perspective, are loyal only to you, know what schools are looking for, can help you judge fit and serve as a knowledgeable sounding board. As you evaluate educational advisors, here are some things to ask:
* Do you share the same beliefs? Talk to the consultant on the phone and see if you share the same philosophy and approach to education. Does she make you feel comfortable? Is she someone you can easily communicate with and trust? Shop around a bit. You are likely to “click” with one advisor over the others you meet. Trust your instinct on this.
* Does she have experience relevant to the needs of your child? Does she normally work with kindergarten or 土瓜灣幼稚園排名 nursery school admissions or is most of her clientele aiming for higher grades. If you are interested in exploring public gifted programs and private schools, does she have experience placing kids in both types of schools?
* How well does she know the schools? How often does she visit the schools in the community? Does she know the directors of admission personally? What can she tell you about the schools you are most interested in that you don’t already know?
* Does she want to meet your child? For nursery school admissions, it may not be necessary that she meet your child. At that level, what you want is most important. At the kindergarten level, she must spend time with you and your child to determine fit. Find out how much time she plans to spend with you both and how she will assess your child to make appropriate recommendations.
* What do you get for what you pay? Before you decide on an advisor, talk to a few. What is the going rate in your community? If the advisor offers packages, what services do you receive with each package? Are you able to call the consultant as often as you wish or or calls and e-mails limited? Do they help you through every step of the process or just some. Do they offer hourly rate options where you can access their expertise on an as-needed basis? Make sure you are comfortable with the services you receive for the money you pay.
* Is she accredited? Admissions consultants do not necessarily need to be accredited. Often, a former admissions director will become a consultant and you can trust that she knows what she is doing. On the other hand, there are professional associations that give accreditation to advisors who have met their criteria. To be designated a CEP (Certified Educational Planner), the consultant must pass an exam, have a master’s degree or an equivalent, have practiced for a certain number of years, visit a certain number of schools, and take continuing education classes.
Surprisingly, most homeschool Kindergarten resources you need are either in your home or not very far away from your home. Children can learn from so many experiences and tools. Remember when your child played with the box that the toy came in more than the toy itself?
Some homeschool Kindergarten resources are free and some are not. If you frequent the library and thrift stores often, you can find many free or very inexpensive resources. Children basically need books, paper, pencils, crayons, and games. Many times you can ask for these things for your child for Christmas or Birthday presents. Your child will probably enjoy getting a fun pad of paper, new pack of crayons, or a book about something they are interested in.