Hi! I'm a TEFL teacher and up to now have been working in private academies. However since the birth of my son, I've been a stay at home mum and trying to fit in private teaching when I can. I'm tossing up the possibilities of what I could do work wise as most academies pay very little and the majority of work is in the afternoons/evenings which means that I spend little time with my children especially now that my daughter is at school. One option I'd love to do is open a bilingual nursery so I would love to hear your experiences if your children have attended/attend one or if you have worked in one! My daughter went to a nursery which had English and had a native English woman and her bilingual daughter who worked there.
Yes, me too which is what gave me the idea!! I know that many Spanish families take their children to afterschool classes or "bilingual" schools as learning English is very important here. However, many of the bilingual schools aren't very bilingual. For example, at my daughter's school they have more hours of English in the infants than say a state school but she doesn't have any classes in English until she starts primary next year at 6 going on 7. I think a "true" or "proper" bilingual nursery school would be great and quite successful in my city as there is no true bilingual nursery school!
Tracey, at one point, I tried to open an English-speaking preschool here in Japan. To make a long story short, the project collapsed over money matters and ended up in court--not exactly the happy vision I originally had for it.
If this idea seems viable in your situation, on a scale that's realistic for you, then I say, "Go for it!" Just be very careful about the financial side of things, particularly if you bring on any partners or investors.
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Thanks for your advice Adam! At the moment, I'm just tossing ideas around in my head. I'm not really sure if they would come to anything. I'm not very business minded and would need financial aid to start something up. Plus I don't even know if I'd have the right qualifications etc in order to be able to open a bilingual nursery. I have recently done a day course about being a "monitor de ludoteca" (a playgroup monitor) to open up further possibilities.
Thanks for your advice Adam! At the moment,I´m just tossing ideas around in my head.I´m not really sure if they would come to anything....I´m not very business minded and would need financial aid to start something up. Plus I don´t even know if I´d have the right qualifications etc in order to be able to open a bilingual nursery. I have recently done a day course about being a "monitor de ludoteca" (a playgroup monitor)to open up further possibilities.
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