Choosing Your Preschool: Questions to Ask
Selecting a preschool that is a good fit for your child can be both exciting and daunting. As a parent, you want to be confident that you’ve chosen the right program for your little one, but what should you consider when reaching a decision? Always inquire about practical matters first, as well as any issues specific to your family’s needs. This may include the preschool’s hours, proximity to home or work, cost, class sizes, or availability. When exploring your options for preschools, keep these important questions in mind.
What is the educational philosophy of the preschool?
In choosing a preschool program that is best for their child, parents should take an interest in the curriculum that the preschool offers. While it is important for children to practice skill development in their learning environment, discovery-based programs also provide structure and offer opportunities for children to make choices and actively participate in their learning.
What is the educational background and experience of the lead classroom teachers?
Every parent wants to know that their child’s preschool teacher is qualified and experienced. Successful preschool teachers have an in-depth understanding of how children grow, learn, and develop over time, and these traits are often reflected in their impactful teaching styles. We believe that each center has its own culture and personality, and their scholars will have the most opportunity to thrive when each staff member is truly committed and dedicated to the program and the wellbeing of its students.
Are there opportunities for active play to develop gross and fine motor skills?
Preschools should offer many opportunities for children to get exercise and engage in active play. Physical activity is crucial for the development of each child’s gross motor skills and also promotes health and wellbeing. At the same time, it is important for preschool environments to provide children with daily exposure to fine motor activities, since these tasks will help develop the motor skills and coordination that children will need in Kindergarten.
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