If you have decided that your child is ready to attend preschool, does that mean that you have already chosen a facility for him or for her to attend? Maybe you are still trying to decide on which preschool to select for your child. If that's the case, keep reading for some ideas that might help you.
Some of the important words to remember as you look for a great preschool are, Safety, Fun, and Learning. After all, aren't those the elements that you want to be incorporated into your child's preschool experience?
Start With Safety - As you visit different preschools in your area, talk to the director to find out what the school's policy is on keeping danger outside of the facility. For example, is there a set plan if an armed individual enters the area? How can you be sure that only you and designated friends or family members will be the only ones to pick your child up from the preschool? Are there fire extinguishers in every room? How are planned fire drills handled?
Fun Is Important - Obviously, your child is not going to want to attend a preschool where he or she doesn't have fun during the time he or she is in attendance. Do the caregivers focus on each child being included in different activities? Are the caregivers young at heart themselves, with a real love for playing with children and teaching them games? Is there an outdoor play area that can be used on good weather days? Are the classrooms decorated in a fun way?
Learning Is Key - Remember that your child will soon be attending kindergarten. What will happen at the preschool to prepare your child for that experience? For instance, is early reading encouraged? Are number concepts taught at an age appropriate level? How is creativity encouraged through arts and crafts and through make believe play? Is your child's brain stimulated with educational toys, puzzles and games?
When you visit preschools, get a feel for the different parts of the preschool. For instance, are the workers at the front office friendly? If there is a first aid station, is the individual who is in charge of that part of the preschool compassionate and patient?
Find out how conferences are handled. For example, will there be a set time every few weeks for you to have one-on-one visits with your child's main caregiver so that you can learn how he or she is progressing? Think of writing down all of your questions and concerns and take them with you when you have your first visit at each preschool facility.