- For Teachers
The business logic of opening your school to younger and younger children seems so obvious- expanding your market, getting to the potential customers for life before your competitors do, moving into a less crowded niche market etc etc. Like everything that seems too good to be true, though, asking your teachers and other staff to deal with younger and younger students brings almost as many problems as benefits- and if you want to do it properly, almost as many outgoings as income for the first couple of years. Below is a list of all the things you need to think about when setting up a new conversation school that will teach kids or converting one that has been just for adults and young adults so far. It is written in the hope that this will let you know what you are letting yourself in for and help you be totally prepared if you do decide to go ahead with it.
Cupboards and shelves
Cassette/ CD player
Picture books and storybooks
Colouring books and worksheets
Things to draw, right and colour with
Toys and games
Make sure all glass is reinforced and/ or where students can’t reach it, including windows and wall mirrors
In order to cover yourself, it is best to have classrooms that are visible from outside, if only through a small glass panel in the door. If not, the teacher might want to teach kids’ classes, especially one to one and other small classes, with the door open a crack
Depending on the country you are in, parents might expect you to administer basic first aid such as aspirin or a band aid, or they might kick up a fuss if you risk making things worse due to not knowing their allergies etc. The best policy is to have a first aid box but only include things that you are happy for any member of staff to use with the children. If you know that one of the kids is allergic to something (you can ask this when they sign up), it’s probably best to leave it out of the first aid box altogether.
Maybe fit a little door on the side of the reception desk to stop kids getting behind there
Depending on the country, there might also be rules about other safety equipment to have on hand in school, such as things to be used in a power cut or earthquake
Copyright © 2011 Alex Case
Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com