Choosing a preschool for your child requires knowing what you want in a preschool and then asking questions to see if the schools in your town match what you are looking for.
There are many philosophies on working with toddlers. Some programs offer academic curriculum and some don’t. Some offer a pre reading program and some don’t. Some offer a lot of social opportunities and some don’t.
So what questions can you ask to see if the program offered is a match for you?
Let’s start with the hours of the school. Some schools open as early as 7:00 a.m. for before school care and some school open at 9:00 a.m. when the preschool day begins. If you need to be at work at 8:00 a.m. then you’ll first need to narrow your choices to those schools that offer before school care.
It is my suggestion that you visit the school without your child. Speak to the director of the school and ask what the best time of day is to visit. You’ll learn more by visiting during indoor time versus outdoor time.
Most schools have a rough time schedule of what the kids do while at school. Does this time table fit what you hoped to have for your child? So, it’s very possible to find a good school with a great program, but have it not be the right fit for your child.
You should also have a meeting with a kindergarten teacher when making your choice to find out what the kindergarten teacher at your school hopes to see when your child enters the kindergarten classroom on day one.
On the next post, we will discuss some factors that you need to pay attention to when visiting your child’s preschool candidate.