Finding The Right Preschool For Your Child
There are a whole host of preschools out there for you to choose from, and the decision of where to send you child is not an easy one. Picking the right preschool should be based on a variety of factors that include the school itself, the facilities they offer, the teaching methods they use but also the unique needs of your family and child. To find the best preschool for your child, follow our tips below.
Determine your goals
Firstly, you need to decide what you want out of your child’s preschool experience. Do you want the curriculum to include activities such as art, English language skills, maths, science or technology? Are you looking for a specific approach to learning? Do you want your child to have a variety of learning opportunities available to them?
Write everything down so you have a list to refer to, so you don’t forget anything when you meet with the director of a school.
Visit in person and interview
To understand more about a preschool you can phone them in advance and ask a few preliminary questions about fees or enrolment. However, to really get a sense of what a preschool is really like you should visit and meet the staff in person.
By visiting the preschool you can see for yourself what the facilities are like and understand how your child will learn and grow through the lessons, schedules and values they have. Some preschools will also let you bring your child for a visit, you can then see how they react and play within the new environment.
When you visit the classrooms, check the teacher-child ratios and note how many children are in each classroom, ideally classes should be no more than 18 students with at least 2 teachers. Schools that have fewer students in each class can provide one-on-one attention and be responsive.
Consider your child’s unique needs
Each child is unique, and some preschools are better equipped to handle the differences some children may have. For example, some children may have austism spectrum disorder or learning disorders or perhaps your child relies on a daily nap. Whatever the needs of your child are, you need to make sure that a preschool has the right facilities as well as the right teaching techniques to ensure your child has the correct yet enjoyable learning experience.
Think about what kind of environment your child will need to thrive and find a preschool that is a good match.
The best preschools can be competitive to get in to, if you really like a preschool apply as soon as you can. Ask for an enrolment pack at the end of your visit you can then take it home and think through your decision. If you need a day or even a week to think about it you can fill out the forms and hand it back when you’re ready, you don’t need to waste any more time going back to the school and asking for an enrolment pack. This will prevent your child being put on a waiting list.
Do your research
There are a lot of preschools available to you and it can be difficult to pick the right one. The best way to narrow down your search is to find information about each one and see if they offer what you are looking for. Look at the experience of the staff, how was the school created, what are the school’s philosophies and values, do they have an interesting curriculum that will stimulate your child, do they have clean and modern facilities that are suited to your child’s needs?
Create a list of all the things you want the preschool to have and tick them off when you visit and meet the staff.
Trust your gut
Once you have all the information about a preschool and have visited it you should have a good idea of whether you want to send your child there or not. If a certain preschool looks great on paper but doesn’t feel right to you, you probably shouldn’t send your child there. Alternatively, if another preschool doesn’t match every single piece of your criteria but it makes you and your child excited and comfortable, then that’s probably the right one for your family.
Choosing the right preschool is a difficult decision but having that feeling of security and peace of mind will make the decision easier.
A preschool is the first educational environment where your child will start to learn academically and socially. You need to make sure that the preschool you choose will provide your child with the right facilities and teaching methods so they can have best start in life. Ultimately, choosing a preschool is a decision that is personal to you. If, after visiting a preschool, you love the idea of your child going there, it’s probably the best place for you and your child.
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