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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 good to begin searching 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. That way, you’ll have one or two alternatives if you don’t get into your main choice. To look for the best program for your child, take the steps below. Prioritization
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First off, decide what you want. A preschool near your workplace or near your home? Must the curriculum include activities like dancing, singing and storytelling? Any specific approach to learning you have in mind? 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. 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. Talk to the director about everything, from schedules to child education approaches. Trust your intuition about the place and observe how the director answers your questions. When you visit the classrooms, take note of how many children under are under a single teacher’s care. The National Association for the Education of Young Children recommends 2- and 3-year-olds should be in groups of 18 at most, with no less than two teachers. 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, a class can have as many as 20 students with two teachers minimum. 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 preschool – ask what exactly what they like (or dislike) about it. Also inquire from your state’s Better Business Bureau whether the school or any of its teachers have dealt with any complaints. Kid Testing Finally, go visit the preschool, kid in tow. That way, you can witness how your child and the teachers interact with each other and whether he or she seems happy to be in the preschool’s environment. Certainly, picking a preschool is a personal decision. If, after your first visit to the school, you and your child both love the idea of going there, it’s likely the right choice for you – of course, as long as everything else checks out.