Choosing a Preschool for Your Child Once you decide your child is prepared for preschool, it’s time to look for a good program. It’s good to begin searching early. Some families – especially those living in big cities – actually apply to the best schools right after their child is born. After you’ve pinpointed a few reputable schools, apply to each and every one of them. That way, you’ll have one or two alternatives if you don’t get into your main choice. To find the best school for your child, follow the tips below: Prioritization
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First off, decide what you want. A preschool near your office or closer to home? Do you want a curriculum that includes such activities as storytelling, singing and dancing? Any specific approach to learning you have in mind? List everything down so you can refer to it when evaluating different programs.
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Homework Friends and family can provide names of schools they like (or don’t like). Look for accredited schools in your area, and check the yellow pages as well. Interview and Personal Visit You can ask some questions over the phone about enrollment, fees, etc. Meet the director and ask about everything, from schedules to childrearing philosophies. 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. The National Association for the Education of Young Children recommends 2- and 3-year-olds should be in groups of 18 at most, with no less than two teachers. For 3- to 4-year-olds, the recommendation is groups of 20 or smaller, again with no less than two teachers. For 5-year-olds, there can be as many as 20 students in a class with a minimum of two teachers. References Ask each and every school you’re considering for a list of couples whose kids have attended the school. Devote time to calling them and asking specific questions. Don’t just ask if they like the preschool – ask what exactly what they like (or 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. Kid Testing 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, selecting a preschool is a personal decision. If, after your first visit to the school, you and your child both love the idea of going there, it’s likely the right choice for you – of course, as long as everything else checks out.