There are hundreds of articles on the internet that provide checklists and guidance to parents when choosing a preschool for their child. We have provided links to some great ones at the end of this article. One thing they all have in common is the importance of parents asking questions before making their decision.
Many questions that parents ask focus on academics and learning?
- What is the philosophy of the school?
- What are the qualifications of your teachers?
- Do children get opportunities to play and explore? Develop their large and fine muscles?
- What is the curriculum ?
- Is the program accredited or have an ExceleRate Circle of Quality rating?
- Are meals and snacks provided? If you child has special dietary needs make sure you ask about that as well.
- What are the programs health policies?
Financial considerations are important
- Some programs receive government funding are free, while others depend on parent fees to support them.Make sure you know ALL the costs- including registration fees, supply fees, field trips fees, etc. If the program is too expensive for your budget, it will put a unwanted financial strain on you and your entire family
But don't overlook questions about how the preschool fits into your daily life.and your overall family needs.
- Is there continuity between home and school.?
- Is it best for our family if the preschool is near our home? near my workplace?
- How does the schedule work with your work schedule? Other family member's school schedule, etc.
- Is it important for the preschool to offer childcare services in the morning, afternoon, or both?
Before making your final decision, it is important to make a visit to the school/ classroom. and bring your child with you if possible. Watch how the staff interacts with him/her. Do they bend down and talk directly with your child? Do they make efforts to engage in conversation?Are they welcoming? Do they take time to answer your questions? Do your feel respected and listened to?. Remember, you leave your child with people, not a building. One of the most important ingredients to a successful experience for your child (and for you) is the relationships you have with the administrator and teacher. In the end, trust your instincts.. Be confident that you know what is best for your family and your child.
Want to learn more- here are some other resources to help in your decision.