Choosing a preschool for your kid can be very a difficult and overwhelming process. Luckily you’re not alone since all parents go through this. Depending on where you live you might want to begin this process almost a year before your child should begin. You want to give yourself enough time to choose the program that best suits your family. Here are some things to consider while choosing a preschool for your child’s needs.

 

Adult Interactions

Ask if the preschool will allow you to observe a few hours so you could see how a classroom runs. One thing to focus on is how adults interact with the kids. You want your child to be in a safe nurturing environment that is secure. Adults who get down to children’s eye-level and address them by their name usually create a great impact. Children are more likely to listen and understand directions from adults who address them properly. Early childhood learning is built on relationships which means that good teachers do not yell, suck their teeth, or roll their eyes at children.

 

Accredited Programs

Many preschools participate in voluntary accreditation programs. A popular one is offered by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Some preschools don’t have the resources to go through these rigorous programs, but accredited schools can give parents more reassurance while picking the right one.

 

The classroom is fun and joyful

Children learn everything from vocabulary to math to self-control through play and activities. This doesn’t mean that the classroom has to be fun all the time. Teachers should provide new activities and challenges and encourage children to think deeper. Drilling children with flashcards and tests may not be too effective. Children enjoy doing school activities that relate to games they’re familiar with. Many preschools offer a curriculum that goes into detail about hands-on learning and appropriate play that your child will participate in.

 

Sense of Community

It’s common for families to spend a lot of time at your preschool. You want to choose a place of community, where parents, teachers, and children support each other. Groups on Facebook for parents and teachers are a great way of keeping each other up to date with the children’s learning for the day and upcoming events.