By CHRIS DIMOPOULOS
When I was younger, my parents were fortunate that the area we lived in had good schools. I’m sure choosing a good school for me was simply a case of enrolling me in the nearest school and that was that.
Maybe it wasn’t that simple. But I can confirm it certainly isn’t that easy now.
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Being in my mid 20’s when I moved out of home with my wife, buying a house in an area with a good school wasn’t high on our list of priorities. Come almost 10 years later, a father to a one-year-old daughter and four-year-old son, I now wish we’d had the foresight to bump it up the list.
It’s not until you start having children that you realise all the things you have to consider when it comes to parenting – from deciding on what types of nappies to use to what sort of family car you should buy.
One of the more challenging decisions for my wife and me has been choosing a good school for our children. We have heard some pretty scary stories from friends who have children in primary school – one friend told us that we should consider holding our son back a year in kinder because when they sent their daughter to Prep, the teacher wasn’t very good at nurturing their daughter’s skills. Another friend told us to consider schools that are 10 minutes further down the road that have smaller classrooms sizes, because their son had got lost amongst the other children at the school they had chosen.
It all started to become quite daunting.