As soon as you decide your little one is prepared for preschool, it’s time to hunt 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. If you’re not accepted your first choice, you’ll have a backup or two.
To know the best program for your child, take the following steps:
First off, decide what you want. A preschool near your office or closer to home? Must the curriculum include more activities like dancing, singing and storytelling? A particular approach to learning? Write everything down and refer to the list while evaluating different programs.
Your friends and family can provide recommendations of schools they like. Look for accredited schools in your area, and check the yellow pages as well.
Interview and Personal Visit
You can ask more questions over the phone about enrollment, fees, etc. Meet the director in person and talk about everything, from classrooms to teaching philosophies. Count on your intuition about the place and pay attention to how the director replies to your questions.
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, 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.
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 simply ask whether or not they like the preschool – know what exactly they like or 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.
Finally, go visit the preschool, kid in tow. 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, selecting a preschool is a personal decision. 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. Learn more about preschool at https://www.britannica.com/topic/preschool-education.