Figuring Out Education

Finding the Right Preschool for Your Child As soon as you decide your little one is prepared for preschool, it’s time to hunt for a good program. It’s smart to start your search early on. Some families – especially those who live in huge cities – even apply to the best schools as their child is born. After pinpointing a few good schools, submit applications to all of them. This way, if you don’t get accepted into your first choice, you’ll have one or two other options. To know the best program for your child, take the following steps: Prioritization
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First and foremost, determine what you want. A preschool close to your home or near your workplace? Do you want a curriculum that includes such activities as storytelling, singing and dancing? Any specific approach to learning you have in mind? List everything down so you can refer to it as you compare different programs.
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Research Your friends and family can provide recommendations of schools they like. Also check out accredited schools in your area, and don’t forget to check the yellow pages. Interview and Personal Visit You can ask some questions over the phone about enrollment, fees, etc. Talk to the director about everything, from schedules to child education approaches. Rely on your gut feeling about the place and observe how the director answers your queries. When visiting the classrooms, take note of the number of students under one teacher’s care. The National Association for the Education of Young Children recommends 2- and 3-year-olds should be in groups of 18 at most, with no less than two teachers. For 3- to 4-year-olds, groups must not exceed 20 heads, again with a minimum of two teachers. For 5-year-olds, a class can have as many as 20 students with two teachers minimum. References Ask every school you’re eyeing for a list of parents with children who have attended the school. Allot time to call them and ask particular questions. Don’t just ask if they like the school: know what they like and dislike about it. Also consult your state’s Better Business Bureau to know whether the school or its teachers have been the object of any complaints. Kid Testing Finally, go visit the preschool, kid in tow. This way, you can observe how your child and the teachers interact and whether he or she seems comfortable in the school’s environment. Definitely, selecting a preschool is a personal decision. If, after visiting the preschool with your child, you both seem to enjoy the idea of going there, then it’s probably a good choice for you – of course, provided that everything else has checked out.