Hi Chris, please tell us about your children?
Currently, I have Darcy, my three-year-old attending White Lodge. Before Darcy, my two elder children Evie and Louis were enrolled at White Lodge.
What were the most important factors for you in selecting a preschool?
For me, it was the positive learning environment of the school: White Lodge has a good vibe, with happy kids and happy teachers. The facilities of the school are clean and well kept, with indoor play areas as well as great outdoor play areas.
How has the school lived up to your expectations?
The teachers have been wonderful. They’re very caring and nurturing, and they’re invested in our kids’ learning, overall development and happiness. The school is also very flexible and has a lovely community spirit. I particularly value the staff; they’re genuinely loving people who are passionate educators too.
What does your child like most about attending this school?
My son Darcy loves painting, singing and playing with his friends. He also loves Miss Santi, his teacher.
What sort of curriculum does this school offer?
White Lodge offers a play-based curriculum with a great Mandarin and reading program too. Our eldest kids were very well prepared for ‘big school’, and even now they’re doing well, especially in Mandarin, as they have a good foundation from White Lodge. I also like the level of reading that is encouraged at White Lodge. The kids come home with a great love of reading and are super proud of their take-home readers to share with us parents each week.
What advice would you give other parents trying to choose a school?
I think you need to go and visit the schools and speak with the teachers. You should also observe the students, then go with your gut feeling.
Are you satisfied with the level of communication you receive from the school and how they engage parents?
Yes, we get weekly newsletters and the principal is always there every morning at the school entrance to greet and chat with you, which is a really nice touch!
Chris Edwards – Mum to Darcy, Evie and Louis