26 Nov Choosing the Right Pre-School

Five Things to Consider When Choosing a Preschool

We all want the best for our children, so when it comes to education there are a few things you should look for when choosing a preschool for your child. Of course there are a ton of things you will want to consider, like cleanliness, location and your own personal gut reaction to the school; but here are the top five things to consider:

1.) Credentials and References. It is always good to ask the school about its credentials. Find out if the school is accredited and if the teachers have earned a degree in Early Childhood Development. If you don’t have a school in mind, ask your friends and family for their references and their likes and dislikes about a school.

2.) Discipline and Separation. Ask the school what their policy is on discipline. You want to make sure you approve of the school’s disciplinary actions. Also, what is the separation policy for the school? In order to make the transition a smooth one, will they allow you to stay in or around the school, just in case?

3.) Staff. Don’t be afraid to ask about the staff and their education, it is your child’s education in their hands. How does the teacher bond with your child? What is their teaching method? It is also a good idea to ask about the staff’s turnover rate. If the school has a high turnover rate, you need to ask yourself, do I want to put my child in a school where the staff seems to not enjoy working?

4.) Curriculum. Before you choose a school, it is good to know if you want your child to be in an “academic” curriculum or a “developmental” curriculum. Make sure you ask what a full day of school is like and that you approve of the school’s approach to education.

5.) Nutrition. It is also good to know what kind of food the school is serving to our child. Make sure it aligns with your same nutritional values. Do they accommodate for food allergies? It is good to know if they will take responsibility for any kind of food allergy for your child.

Finding a school isn’t an easy choice, but we hope with these top five things, it will make the decision a little bit easier. Happy school year!

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