What you know about your child
Parents and carers know their child the best. When considering school options it is helpful to think not only about your child’s needs, but also their personality, temperament and interests.
Below are some questions to consider and discuss with other family members, friends, early childhood intervention and early childhood education and care professionals.
Personality and learning styles
All children have their own unique personality. Different types of learning environments suit different personalities. For example, a child who is easily distracted may learn better in a more structured environment.
After thinking about these questions, decide which factors are important for your child in choosing a school.
Structured learning environment?
Strong emphasis on academic achievement?
Creative arts (music, painting etc)?
Regular physical education opportunities?
All children have learning needs. Think about the things that help your child learn best. The table below may help you to identify and share what has been helpful to your child. Click here to download a copy you can complete on-line, download and complete on a computer and/or print.
|Area of Development||Strategies and learning situations which have helped recently|
|Communication||e.g. use of visual supports, or key word signs|
|Social||e.g. mainstream preschool (ECEC) and/or structured small group programmes, use of social stories™ to explain social situations|
|Self-help||e.g. strategies for independent eating, visual supports for the toilet routine|
|Behaviour||e.g. everyone (home and ECEC) working consistently on positive behaviour plan or use of rewards|
|Mobility||e.g. particular equipment or training from therapists or family to ECEC staff|
|Vision||e.g. use of large print books, or visits from vision specialists to train ECEC staff|
|Hearing||e.g. training ECEC staff to use Key Word sign or any preferred means of communication|
|Sensory processing issues||e.g. provision of activities to help regulate sensory input in ECEC such as use of a quiet calming corner|
You may like to rate the areas of your child's learning needs in order of importance to you and your family.
|Area of learning needs||Importance to our family (1-8)|
"A snapshot of my child"
When you have thought about your child's personality and learning styles, their learning needs and their interests, you may like to use this template to share this information with others such as your child's teacher at school.
Click here to download a copy of the "snapshot of my child" template which you can complete on-line, download and complete on a computer and/or print.