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What to Look for in a Preschool

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 166

Education is one of the most important treasures you can ever give to your child. Going to preschool is a big change for your kids. They'll get to interact with a lot of people of various ages. It's an entirely different environment from home. True, there are a lot of preschools out there that you can choose from. If you're a parent excited to send your kids to preschool here are a few things that you need to know:

The first thing you should look for in a preschool is the quality of their teachers. Teachers are mainly the ones who would guide your kids through schooling so it is sensible to a good one. Your kids would spend most of their time with their teacher and it is of prime importance that they should feel comfortable with them. Teachers should not only pass academic qualifications but they should be personable and have a natural liking for kids. The next thing you should do is to check the school's curriculum. The program of the school should be both fun and educational. It should have plenty of activities that are targeted to hone the child's own interests. Make sure there are enough teaching supplies, particularly art teacher supplies. There should also be enough group activities to encourage the child to socialize with other kids. Get enough information about the school's policy and philosophy. This way, you would pretty much have an idea on how the school administration runs the place. A preschool should never be boring. The teaching environment should be kept lively and conducive to learning. On top of these things, a preschool should be serious about your kids' safety. It should pose no risks to your child's well-being. Playthings should be non-toxic and playgrounds should have minimum hazards. As a parent, you should play a big role in your child's education. A good preschool teacher should make enough effort to communicate with parents. Preschools should always welcome suggestions and concerns of parents. Some preschools offer a "trial period". You can let your kid tryout the school before you actually enroll them. This is a good time for you to observe the school's teaching patterns, classroom settings and how your kids generally adapt to his new environment.

Narrow down your choices to at least three preschools. Try to visit these schools and bring your kids along. You can always ask the opinion of your kids on which school he is most comfortable at. But the final decision should be always yours. With the tips above coupled with your gut feel, soon enough you would find the best preschool for your kids.

Grace Mckenna writes on a wide range of topics concerning teaching, the school system, and particularly how the internet (aka the World Wide Web) impacts teachers and their interaction with the school, parents and children. More of her articles can be found at

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