Enrollment

Enrollment

Registration involves evaluation of your child.

ENS welcomes children from 2 years of age onwards.

But do not worry, the evaluation is not scary!

In our evaluation there are no ‘tests’.

There is no need to prepare your child as such. We just want to find out as much as we can about your child during our first meeting with them. Evaluation, in this case, is rather, an ‘expert consultation’ or ‘interview’ with game elements and dialogue, where specialists listen attentively and observe the speech and behaviour of a child (of course only to the extent that one hour of communication with the child and their parents will allow).

You may ask, on what grounds might my child not be suitable for ENS, and what can I do as a parent to assist with that? Or, will ENS work for my child?

The main question for our specialists at ENS, for our teachers, speech therapists and psychologists is how emotionally and psychologically ready is your child to attend our educational establishments? Especially when taking into account our special linguistic specialisation. Children’s speech development needs to have reached a certain level (specifically for children from age 3 onwards, sometimes closer to age 4) for them to be able to effectively benefit from our speech units.

Dear Parents, we invite you as a first step, to come to an ENS open day to take look around without your child. This will allow you to safely and thoroughly become acquainted with our schools, our programmes, meet our teachers and observe our students. It is also a great chance to talk in more detail with the director of the school who can answer any additional questions you might have about whether ENS is right for your child.

 

When you do bring your child to ENS for the first time for their evaluation it is crucial to present the surroundings to them in a positive way. When we first meet your child, it is not an exam - everyone they meet will be very glad to see them, to play with them and to talk to you about everything that is important to them. Our first meeting takes place in the classroom of the age group that your child is in.

At your child’s disposal will be a huge variety of toys and games, among which we are sure they will immediately pick out their favourites! We do not need to ask what your child likes to do, we will see for yourselves! Our psychologist determines your child's temperament, character, inclinations, sociability and willingness to adapt. When our teacher speaks to them in a new foreign language it can be a wonderful discovery for the child. Often children very honestly tell their parents and other adults “I do not speak that language!"

The question of a child’s readiness to enter our nursery school is a reasonable one. We work with experts on the subject of bilingualism and early years language teaching who strictly follow the principle of ‘do no harm’. This is a very simple rule; no parent would ever teach their child to swim by throwing them into the deep end of a swimming pool. The risk is just too big. Some children might squeal with excitement from the experience, others may be traumatised irrevocably. We would not want a child to grow up with a ‘fear’ of languages! It is wiser, and more sensible to introduce a child to water gradually, to let them swim in their own time. Entering the new speech and communication environment requires a period of adaptation, which can last several months. Our experts have built a strategy to support every child throughout this sometimes difficult period.

Within a week of the evaluation, our specialists, if necessary, will give parents clear written guidelines on how to prepare their child for our nursery school environment and to work on some personal habits to that they match the general day-to-day routine of our life at ENS. There are some children who might have developed a habit of going to bed very late, we need to work on that in order to ensure that are getting enough sleep to ensure they arrive at nursery ready to take part in all of our activities! The written advice of specialists and parents is sent well in advance of entry to ENS, to ensure they are adequately prepared. The evaluation of children takes place at least 3-6 months before entering ENS.

We need to make sure the evaluation is carried out well in advance so we have lots of time to meet our new children. In fact, it is in our evaluation process that we shape the future group that makes up the our new class. In selecting our future group of students, we consider some important psychological factors, to ensure that we have a favourable mix of temperaments and genders. Therefore, we are unable to give you an answer straightaway about whether your child will be a good match for our new class and it sometimes takes about a week for us to make our decision.

Dear parents, you can safely trust our teachers and experts

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