Preschool is an excellent tool for early childhood development and can also play a significant role in developing a child’s social skills. This is why choosing a school that is a worthy investment of your hard-earned money is essential.
This is harder than it looks, right? Finding the perfect preschool can seem like an endless, exhausting process, but fear not, we have some tools that can make the process so much easier! Once you answer these questions, you will have a clear idea of what works not just for your child but also for your family.
What learning philosophy works for your child?
First and foremost, there is no “wrong answer” for this. It is all about what works for you and your child. Does your child respond best to hands-on learning? Do they do better in a stricter structure or a more independent learning environment? What are your child’s interests? Ensuring your child is an environment in which they will thrive is crucial when selecting a preschool.
Does the school meet your logistical needs?
This one may be easy to skip for many parents, but it is an essential factor to consider. Logistics like picking up and dropping off your child impacts your day-to-day life, and it is important to make sure that a school is a fit for your family. Is a 9 A.M. start too late for you? Does the school have before-care or after-care programs that align with your work schedule? Can the school accommodate any religious-based dietary needs? Answering these questions is important because you do not want to be in a position where you pick the perfect school for your child, but the logistics do not align with your lifestyle.
Is the staff a good fit?
Think of the type of educators that you want for your child. It may be very important to you that the teacher have a certain amount of experience or a degree specifically in early childhood education. It is also essential to know the “why” for the teaching staff. Your children should be surrounded by people who love what they do and are fully invested in your child’s development.
What is your gut feeling telling you?
If something doesn’t feel right, there is usually a reason. Remember that the fit has to be mutual for both the school and the child. The obvious things may check out. But maybe the teachers don’t give you the warm and fuzzies, the other students do not seem to be a good personality fit with your child, or the menu choices are out of alignment with your household’s healthy lifestyle. YES, these are reasons to make a different decision. Trusting your intuition is key!
Hopefully, these tips will narrow down your choices when picking an early education option for your child. Happy searching!