How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child
When it comes to selecting the right preschool for your child, the first step is when you want your child to be enrolled. Some preschools will offer classes for three, four and five year olds while many children will begin even earlier.
Once you are ready, the next step is choosing whether they go part time or full time. Depending on your working schedule, you might choose either one that best fits your needs. Even part time pre-school can be very beneficial for your child, so choose the one that best works for you.
When looking for a preschool, you will have to do a little research to find the one best suited for your needs. The earlier you begin the better as there is considerable competition to get kids into the best preschools.
Location: The preschool should be near where you work or live for convenience sake as getting your child there each day is paramount to their personal success. This will eliminate preschools that are simply too far away.
Hours: Most preschools are very flexible with the hours that they offer, so this should not be too much of a concern. However, you will want to check it out in advance.
Institutions: Preschool programs can be private schools, childcare centers, churches or religious institutions, state funded programs or even those run by parents. As long as they are properly licensed, that’s all that really matters as they have the proper staffing and safety requirements.
In addition, there will be the admission policy and fees and the curriculum that you will need to research as well so that you can narrow down your choices. Once you have just two or three remaining, schedule a visit to each school to meet with the administrative staff and see the classrooms in action. You’ll want to take your child to see how they react to this environment.
Visiting the Preschool
This is the most important part as your visit will be critical in making the final decision. Here are some things you need to look for when you are at the preschool.
- Clean and safe facility
- Smoke detectors
- First aid kits
- Clean outdoor play area
- Age appropriate toys, books, and art materials
- Fun and friendly atmosphere
One aspect is seeing if they actually hang the artwork done by the kids on the walls. This is actually quite important as you want to see if the artwork the kids create is individual to them or if they all look alike which denotes a lack of creativity in the preschool.
The place that makes you feel the most comfortable is the one that you should choose, so go with your instincts when selecting the right preschool for your child.
At Castle Academy, we are Montessori based. The Montessori model provides hands-on learning experiences through sensory exploration that require specific tasks and materials.
We believe in the value of early experiences for a child’s development. We believe in providing the kind of environment and experiences that encourage children to become creative, independent, responsible, self-directed and that start them on the road to becoming fully functioning adults. We provide a safe, positive and accepting atmosphere where children can safely explore their environments and their individual abilities.
Please visit our website at www.castleacademy.com or call 303-663-7300