Finding Ways To Keep Up With Schools

How to Choose a Preschool for Your Little One 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 – particularly those who live in large cities – even apply to the best schools soon after their child is born. After identifying a few good schools, apply to each 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: Prioritization
Lessons Learned About Preschools
First and foremost, determine what you want. A preschool close to your home or near your workplace? Do you want a curriculum that includes such activities as storytelling, singing and dancing? Any specific approach to learning you have in mind? Write everything down and refer to the list while evaluating different programs.
Lessons Learned About Preschools
Research Friends and relatives can recommend schools they like. Also check out accredited schools in your area, and don’t forget to check the yellow pages. Interview and Personal Visit You can always ask a few questions over the phone – for instance, the registration process or the fees – but to get a sense of what a preschool is really, you’ll have to go there and meet the staff. 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 visiting the classrooms, take note of the number of students under one 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. Allot time to call them and ask particular 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. 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. Certainly, picking 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.