When it comes to finding the best preschool to fit your child’s needs, it can feel like an overwhelming process. It may seem like there’s an infinite number of factors to look into before making this important decision. Start off by considering these key steps that are sure to help you narrow down what makes the perfect preschool for your child.
Do your research!
Find out what schools are in your area—it helps to know your options. Ask around with friends and family and learn about where they send their children. Getting advice from those who have experienced this journey already is a great way to both gain knowledge and put your mind at ease. If you find you’re lacking in advice from friends, it never hurts to ask a professional, like a referral agency or school counselor.
Schedule a tour
Many preschools will allow for you to tour the campus with a counselor and get to know the teachers and staff. Write down questions you have and pay attention to how the children interact with each other and the adults. You can even bring your child with you and see how they respond to the school—do they seem to fit in well, or are you looking for something else?
Know your priorities
Each child is unique and requires different things—do they need a smaller classroom environment? Does your little one require special attention when it comes to their food and diet? Does your child need to be potty trained before starting classes? Once you know what your top priorities are, it becomes easier to seek these things out in a school and find a good fit.
How long will your child go?
Knowing the time frame for when your child will be in school is important to narrowing down the type of pre-K to sign up with. Look at your current schedule and your child’s daily activity. Most preschools go for a nine-month period on a weekly half-day schedule. However, if your child needs longer hours, some day cares offer educational components, or some parents take their child to pre-k for the first half of the day and then hire additional daycare help.
Trust your gut
If something doesn’t feel right, or your child is showing signs of more than just beginner’s nerves, acknowledge it. Finding the right preschool for your children is vital to their growth in such early stages of life, and you know what’s best for them. Keep searching until you discover the place that feels right for your child and pushes them to learn and grow in the safest and most fun way possible—you will find it, and it’ll be more than worth the effort!
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