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Choosing the Right School Holiday Programs for Your Child

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Not all school holiday programs are the same. In Melbourne specifically, there is there a wide diversity in the interests and topics covered, there is also a wide variety of instructional methods and price brackets.

If your reason for sending your child to one of these programs is so they are able to have an enriching experience that they may not normally experience in school, then the process of finding the right one can be especially daunting.

Thankfully, there is a good number of school holiday programs Melbourne parents have given their seal of approval to, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one that’s a good fit for your child. Here are some pointers to help you fine-tune your search.



1.) It should be something your child expresses interest in

It helps to actually consult the child about the type of after-school program they may want to be in. A number of parents surprisingly neglect to do this very basic step when they start shopping around for holiday programs.

It goes without saying that your child will get the most out of a program that they have actually expressed interest in. Enrolling them in a program they aren’t so interested in can make the child feel punished and chances are they may not get a good experience.



2.) The program should present enough of a challenge

While the program should be something your child actually wants to be in, it helps if the offered challenge is enough to push them beyond their current levels. This will help them get the most out of their time in the program and perhaps teach them lessons that may not necessarily be learned in a classroom.

Be sure to look up reviews of the program or ask other parents who have enrolled their children in the same program about their child’s experiences, especially with the difficulty level and instructor’s teaching methods.



3.) Look for a good instructor-to-student ratio

Generally speaking, you want as low a ratio of students to instructors as possible. However, the cost of a school holiday program often relates to how many students are assigned per instructor. Fewer students tend to mean higher rates, though this is not necessarily the case.

There are other reasons to look for a lower ratio of students to teachers, however. Sessions tend to be more focused and knowledge retention tends to be better in classes with fewer students. This can be a major consideration if you want your child to get the most out of the program.


4.) Check out retention rates

Programs with higher retention rates tend to be more enjoyable, so it can be helpful to look check for this specifically when looking up programs. While you might not necessarily get an exact number, checking out online reviews may give you a good idea of how many students are dropping out from the program.

However, some children may enjoy a challenge. If reviews are positive and the retention rates are relatively low, that might be an indication the program is fairly challenging and can be the right one for some kids. Be sure to talk it over with your child before you enrol them in these programs.



5.) Check out the program’s licensing

Be sure to check if the programs you’re interested in have certificates and licenses when needed. A licence can go a long way into confirming the legitimacy of the program as well as ensuring the safety of your child. If the program makes a claim about licenses and certificates, make sure to follow up on that claim with the legitimate licensing or certification body that oversees that program.

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