The Key Elements of Great Schools

By | August 6, 2017

Choosing a Preschool for Your Child As soon as you decide your little one is prepared for preschool, it’s time to hunt for a good program. It’s wise to begin your search early. Some families – particularly those who live in large cities – even apply to the best schools soon after their child is born. After identifying a few good schools, apply to each of them. If you’re not accepted your first choice, you’ll have a backup or two. To find the best school for your child, follow the tips below: Prioritization
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First off, decide what you want. A preschool near your workplace or near your home? Should the curriculum to include activities like storytelling and dancing? Any specific learning approach? List everything down so you can refer to it as you compare different programs.
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Research Your friends and family can provide recommendations of schools they like. Also know which schools are accredited in your area, and scan the yellow pages too. Interview and Personal Visit You can ask a few questions on the phone – for example, about enrollment or fees – but you won’t know what a preschool is really like unless you actually go there and meet the people behind it. Meet the director in person and talk about everything, from classrooms to teaching philosophies. Count on your intuition about the place and pay attention to how the director replies to your questions. When you visit the classrooms, take note of how many children under are under a single teacher’s care. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2 to 3-year-olds must be in groups not exceeding a head count of 18, with two teachers at least. For 3- to 4-year-olds, the recommendation is groups of 20 or smaller, again with no less than two teachers. For 5-year-olds, there can be as many as 20 students in a class with a minimum of two teachers. References Ask each and every school you’re considering for a list of couples whose kids have attended the school. Devote time to calling them and asking specific questions. Don’t simply ask whether or not they like the preschool – know what exactly they like or dislike about it. Also call your state’s Better Business Bureau to know if any complaints have been filed against the preschool or any of its teachers. 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 a visit to the preschool with your kid, you both seem to like going and being there, then it’s probably the one for you – of course, after everything else checks out.