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How to Choose a Preschool for Your Little One The moment you decide your angel is ready for preschool, it’s time to search for a good program. It’s wise to begin your search early. Some families – especially those who live in huge cities – even apply to the best schools as their child is born. After pinpointing a few good schools, submit applications to all of them. If you’re not accepted your first choice, you’ll have a backup or two. To know the best program for your child, take the following steps: Prioritization
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First and foremost, determine what you want. A preschool near your workplace or near your home? Do you want a curriculum that includes such activities as storytelling, singing and dancing? Any specific learning approach? Write everything down and refer to the list while evaluating different programs.
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Research Your friends and family can provide recommendations of schools they like. Look for accredited schools in your area, and check the yellow pages as well. Interview and Personal Visit You can always ask a few questions over the phone – for instance, the registration process or the fees – but to get a sense of what a preschool is really, you’ll have to go there and meet the staff. Meet the director and ask about everything, from schedules to childrearing philosophies. Rely on your gut feeling about the place and observe how the director answers your queries. When you visit the classrooms, take note of how many children under are under a single teacher’s care. As per the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s recommendation, 2- and 3-year-olds should be in classes of 18 people max, with at least two teachers. For 3- to 4-year-olds, groups must not go beyond 20 heads, also with at least two teachers. For 5-year-olds, there may be as many as 20 students in one class with two teachers at least. References Ask everyone preschool you’re eyeing for a list of parents who have children attending the school. Devote time to calling them and asking specific questions. Don’t just ask if they like the school: know what they like and dislike about it. Also consult your state’s Better Business Bureau to know whether the school or its teachers have been the object of any complaints. Kid Testing Finally, visit the school with your kid. This way, you can observe how your child and the teachers interact and whether he or she seems comfortable in the school’s environment. Certainly, picking a preschool is a personal decision. If, after visiting the preschool with your child, you both seem to enjoy the idea of going there, then it’s probably a good choice for you – of course, provided that everything else has checked out.