Getting Down To Basics with Preschools

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. That way, you’ll have one or two alternatives if you don’t get into your main choice. To know the best program for your child, take the following steps: Prioritization
Doing Education The Right Way
First off, decide what you want. A preschool near your office or closer to home? Should the curriculum to include activities like storytelling and dancing? Any specific approach to learning you have in mind? List everything down so you can refer to it when evaluating different programs.
Doing Education The Right Way
Research Your friends and family can provide recommendations of schools they like. Also know which schools are accredited in your area, and scan the yellow pages too. 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 visiting the classrooms, take note of the number of students under one teacher’s care. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2 to 3-year-olds must be in groups not exceeding a head count of 18, with two teachers at least. For 3- to 4-year-olds, groups must not go beyond 20 heads, also with at least two teachers. For 5-year-olds, a class can have as many as 20 students with two teachers minimum. References 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 call your state’s Better Business Bureau to know if any complaints have been filed against the preschool or any of its teachers. Kid Testing Lastly, visit the school together with your kid. That way, you will be able to see how your child and the teachers interact and whether he or she feels comfortable in the preschool’s atmosphere or 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.

 

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