How to Choose a Preschool for Your Little One
Once you decide your child is prepared for preschool, it’s time to look for a good program. It’s smart to start your search early on. Some families – particularly those who live in large cities – even apply to the best schools soon after their child is born. After pinpointing a few good schools, submit applications to all of them. If you’re not accepted your first choice, you’ll have a backup or two.
To find the best school for your child, follow the tips below:
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First off, decide what you want. A preschool near your office or closer to home? Must the curriculum include activities like dancing, singing and storytelling? Any specific approach to learning you have in mind? Write everything down and refer to the list while evaluating different programs.
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Your friends and family can provide recommendations of schools they like. Also check out accredited schools in your area, and don’t forget to check the yellow pages.
Interview and Personal Visit
, but you won’t get a good vibe of what a preschool is like unless you actually visit the place and meet the staff. Talk to the director about everything, from schedules to child education approaches. Rely on your gut feeling about the place and observe how the director answers your queries.
When you visit the classrooms, take note of how many children under are under a single teacher’s care. As per the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s recommendation, 2- and 3-year-olds should be in classes of 18 people max, with at least two teachers. For 3- to 4-year-olds, groups must not go beyond 20 heads, also with at least two teachers. For 5-year-olds, there can be as many as 20 students in a class with a minimum of two teachers.
Ask everyone preschool you’re eyeing for a list of parents who have children attending the school. Allot time to call them and ask particular questions. Don’t just ask if they like the school: know what they like and dislike about it. Also consult your state’s Better Business Bureau to know whether the school or its teachers have been the object of any complaints.
Lastly, visit the school together with your kid. That way, you can witness how your child and the teachers interact with each other and whether he or she seems happy to be in the preschool’s environment. Definitely, choosing a preschool is a personal matter. If, after a visit to the preschool with your kid, you both seem to like going and being there, then it’s probably the one for you – of course, after everything else checks out.