If you have decided to enroll your child in pre-school, choosing the right one for them is absolutely vital. There are many different styles of pre-school, and they should be selected based on your child’s individual learning style and needs. You should not simply decide on a pre-school based on current trends, or new books that say which is best. A preschool should be decided solely based on how your child will develop in that environment.
When looking into pre-schools, you should also determine what you would like to gain from your child’s pre-school experience. Would you like them to be in a classroom that is very academically based, or would you rather have them develop stronger social skills? These are very important questions you should ask yourself before enrolling your child in any pre-school.
After you have decided on the goals you would like to see your child accomplish in pre-school, you should look into the different types of pre-schools styles that are available. Montessori schools are famous for teaching children to be more independent where Waldorf schools focus more on creativity. There are many different styles of pre-schools that are available, so you have to determine which one you think will best suit your little one.
When you have decided which style school to look for, you should make a list of the pre-schools that are located near your home and work. Decide on how the transportation to and from a specific pre-school will affect your daily schedule, and if these changes are reasonable. After you have decided on a few schools that are reasonable for you, you should set up an appointment to visit each location. This is a very important step because it will allow you to see the inner workings of the school. Viewing teachers, classrooms and possibly other students will help you make a final decision. When you are on these visits, you should check for certain things.
– Class size is one thing that should be checked. Class sizes should not be too large, because they do not foster learning in this age group.
– Classrooms should have plenty of toys available for children to play with, and everything should be clean and orderly.
– If you have questions, make sure to ask them at appropriate times. Teachers and directors of pre-schools should be open to answering questions when they are posed at appropriate times.
After visiting some of the choices on your list, you need to narrow it down to the place that will be most suitable for your child. This means that it should be a place where the child will be happy and will be able to develop properly.
Amanda Rock, “How to Choose a Preschool for Your Child”