Choosing a preschool for your child can be both an exciting and daunting task. Preschool is a milestone, a small but sure step toward independence. It’s the first time where they’ll really be away from you.
As you navigate the selection process, you might find an overwhelming array of options available for you to choose from.
It’s best to start looking at schools and scheduling tours early because research takes time, and spots fill up quickly. But how do you even go about picking the right program for your child? What are the criteria for a good school?
If you’re feeling a little lost, here are some important things you should consider before settling on a school to ensure your child has the most enlightening experience.
First, check out the tuition costs of the preschools. Of course, parents want the highest quality education for their children, but the prices can be astronomical. Cross out the ones that are out of your price range to help narrow down your choices.
Second, find out what credentials the staff has that make them qualified for the job. Observe what their character is like. How do they interact with and speak to the children?
Good teachers have positive relationships with their students. They encourage and nurture children rather than yelling and shouting demands at the top of their lungs.
Are they passionate about working with young kids? Being a preschool teacher can be a taxing job, and teachers are more successful when they enjoy being at their place of employment.
Third, pay attention to how the other children who attend the preschool behave toward each other and how they respond to different activities.
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