There is no such thing as the perfect preschool, but there is a right preschool for your children. Selecting a preschool can be a difficult task. There are several things to consider. Knowing these factors will help you narrow down your options and reach a decision.

Staff Qualifications

Inquiring about the preschool teachers and staff should be at the top of your priority list. You want to make sure that the people who surround your children during school hours will be there to help and guide them. Look for staff and teachers that are CDA credential holders to make sure that they are qualified for the job. You can ask them about their teaching experience. A good preschool will make sure that their teachers are equipped with the skills and abilities to nurture young minds.

Another factor to look into is how teachers interact with the students. Take notes. The teachers should get down to eye-level with the student as they talk with them. Knowing that they have real conversations with the children will show that they care and are interested in getting to know their students. Also, teachers and staff be trained on first aid and safety procedures.

Safety

Safety is an important factor to check when choosing a preschool. Ask the school director or principal about their safety precautions in the event of an emergency.You can also ask about the teacher-student ratio. Tour the school and look at their facilities, classrooms, and the playground.

Environment

Preschool classrooms must be suitable for children, meaning the furniture should be child-sized so that the kids will be comfortable. There should also be enough space for the children to move around. The decor in the classroom should also be child-friendly. Posters, properly-labeled illustrations, and books suitable for children should be available.

Open Communication

Communication between the parents and the school is a must. Good schools provide proper communication through school handbooks, monthly newsletters, activity calendars, and regular emails. This will keep parents up to date with what’s happening at school.

Discipline

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Preschools should offer facilities for outdoor play

Ask the teachers about their rules and behavior guidelines. The consequences and rules should be clear. Also, ask about how the teachers and staff teach the children to solve problems with their classmates.

Schedule

Children learn more effectively through playing. Ask the preschool teacher how much playtime children get when they are in school. Also, inquire if they get to work with other children in groups.

Children also need outdoor play. Another thing to ask is if children will have nap times during the day.

The Curriculum

A preschool curriculum doesn’t need to be like any other school. It can be made by the school director and teachers based on their goals for each age group. Of course, these goals should be in line with what’s age-appropriate.

Children should be fully immersed with hands-on activities in school, which will grow their love for learning. The classes offered in the preschool should let them participate in class. Whether they are holding a book, listening to music, dancing, or learning the basics of math with blocks and numbers, children should be active.

A good preschool won’t focus on one subject. A preschool curriculum with arts, music, reading, pre-writing, language, science experiments and sensory play is ideal. Not all of these subjects have to be taught in a day, but the curriculum should be well-rounded.

Choosing a good preschool for your child is important. Use the factors above as guidelines in picking a school. These will help you make a wise decision. Is your child ready for school? Handprints Academy is a nice place to consider, so visit us today for more information.

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