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January 14th, 2013 at 10:09 am

Choosing the Right Preschool for Your Child

The start of a new school year is nine months away, but did you know that already in January and February is when preschool hunting really needs to happen?

There is so much to think about when choosing the the right preschool for you and your child – schedules, philosophies, costs, and practices. There are many different styles of preschool today. It is important to choose one where you feel your child will thrive.

The second time around I feel much more prepared, and the task does not feel as daunting. I wanted to share some points for you to think about and questions to ask when you are visiting preschools for your son or daughter.

Here is a checklist of questions that I have compiled:

  • How close is the preschool?
  • What is the child to teacher ratio?
  • Is the school accredited  and licensed with the state?
  • Are the teachers certified?
  • What are the drop off and pick up rules? (Some schools let you walk children in, others don’t. If this is important to you, make sure you understand their policies.)
  • Are play and learning connected?
  • Is the setting more like home or more like school?
  • What days of the week does the program run?
  • Are you looking for specific learning goals or do you want more religious needs from the program?
  • What kinds of active play and rest periods are available?
  • Does your child need to be fully potty trained?
  • How often are the toys and rooms cleaned and how?
  • Is an arts and music program included?
  • Are snacks served? Who provides these?
  • Will the preschoolers be using computers?
  • Does your child need a more structured environment?
  • How does the school handle discipline?
  • What are the school policies to handle safety?
Once you decide what questions are important to you, call to schedule an appointment at your preschool(s) of choice. Be sure to ask if your child can come along. It is important that you feel comfortable with the environment your child will be in. This will all lead to your child being happier, which leads to them learning and exploring as they grow up!
Can you think of other important questions that I missed?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.




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  1. Selecting a Preschool should never be a hasty decision. You must consider all the factors before you admit your child in it.

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