All the parents will undergo this challenging task in their child’s life of selecting a preschool. Most parents will get overwhelmed and they don’t know what to look for in a preschool. So before choosing a preschool, it’s important to understand what to look for when selecting a preschool for your child. A preschool is a place that allows children to learn, grow, and develop.
So, while looking for a school you will want to create a list of questions to ask a preschool that will help you to find the perfect school that fits your child’s needs. Don’t be shy when asking a lot of questions as preschool will be the place where your kid will spend most of their time.
What is preschool?
There are so many great benefits of preschool. Preschool is a place where children go to learn before Kindergarten. Typically at preschool, they learn how to write, share with others, work on fine motor skills, social and emotional development and so much more!
Is Preschool Mandatory?
Preschool is not mandatory. Usually parents make the decision to send their kids to preschool on their own.
In some states you might find free preschool programs based on age or income, but you would need to check your local area if these are available.
How old should my child be to go to preschool?
You will want to check your preschool’s age requirements. Typically preschools are divided into age and offer several different classes.
Most kids start preschool at age 3 and go for two years prior to starting Kindergarten. Most schools require the kids to be potty trained so you will want to keep this in mind when applying for preschools at younger ages.
How long does it take to get into preschool?
Depending on the area you live in and the preschool it varies how long it takes to get in. For some of the best preschools you could be on a waiting list for several months if it is full. It is important to sign up for preschool as soon as the registration process begins to ensure you get a spot at the preschool you want.
How much does preschool cost?
Preschool cost varies on several different factors. Some of these factors are length of day, how many days a week they go, and the area in which you live.
Choosing a Preschool
There are so many factors to think about when choosing a preschool. You want to make sure that the facility is safe, has good reviews, has quality teachers, has a curriculum you love and more.
When choosing a preschool you want to make sure that you talk to the preschool director and visit the school at least once to see if it is a good fit for your child.
How to Choose a preschool
When choosing a preschool you want to consider these factors when making your decision.
- Referrals- Ask friends, family, people in the area, even your pediatrician for where they recommend when it comes to a preschool. Most of the time, you might here where not to go, which will help narrow your search for where to go!
- Go on a Tour- Going on a preschool tour can help you see the classroom, how kids interact with staff, and so much more. I highly recommend going on a tour before registering for any preschool.
- Institution- Pay attention to your intuition when you are talking to the school on the phone as well as your in person visit. A mom and dad’s intuition is usually never wrong.
- Teacher’s Credentials- What credentials and certifications do the teachers and staff have? How much hands-on experience do they have with kids?
- Curriculum- With so many different preschool curriculums out there, ask what type of curriculum they follow. Research the curriculum and make sure they do plenty of hand-on play.
- Go on an unexpected visit- Schedule a visit to the preschool to check it out. After this visit plan an unexpected visit when you just stop by. See how the staff reacts to you stopping by and check out what is going on on a day to day basis.
- Ask questions- There are so many good questions to ask a preschool that can help you understand the preschool as a whole. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions.
What to Look for in a preschool
Looking for the right preschool for your child can seem daunting, but with this list of things to look for you will be able to know the right school for your child.
Teachers are trained
A preschool is not only a place where the children will be playing all the time, but it is the place where the educational value of the children will be increased. So, you need to make sure whether the school is providing quality and good teaching. Not only that but looking to make sure that the teachers have degredds in early education is a huge plus.
You can tell a lot by watching a teacher with his/her students. Watch to see how the teacher reacts with the kids. Are they warm and loving and positive? Do they smile and laugh?
Look for your teacher to be upbeat and happy. Look for social cues that they love being there.
When kids ask questions, how do they react to the student?
Mostly in preschool, not all the kids will behave like angels every single day. So parents should ask the question of how the teacher will respond if the kid bites or hits another child, and also ask if they use any other disciplinary techniques. Finding the answers to these questions will help the parents understand if the techniques used line up with what you would like to see.
Curriculum vs Play
Play is such an important factor in a child’s development. You want to make sure that not only is there a structured curriculum, but also that there are plenty of opportunities for growth through play.
Play not only helps develop social skills, but it helps with imaginative growth and much more!
Ask the question how long teachers and staff have been there for. When they have been there for years and years you know that the program is top notch and the teachers love what they do.
When we see new teachers coming on staff often these might raise concerns when it comes to the preschool.
What do you look for when choosing a preschool? Share in the comments!