One of the many worries in a preschool parent’s mind is finding the right school for their preschooler. Often, it is a great struggle to search for the school that meets the needs of the child in every aspect possible. You’ll always find that gap between finding the great teachers but not so great curriculum, or great curriculum but not so friendly staff, or sometimes neither one suits your child’s needs. As most schools in the local area area all in session, parents are slowly getting to know more of their child’s schools and are not fond of what they find. Stacy, a mother of a 4 year old preschooler, residing in LA county wanted to share some tips in looking for a preschool for your children:
1) Make sure the director in place has years of experience being a director. Often you’ll find first time directors or directors who moved up from being a teacher, and you’ll definitely find that to be a problem. Often they are more confused than the parents themselves.
2) Get to know the staff prior to the child’s enrollment. Don’t just assume that your child will fit in perfectly. You need to make several appointments to visit the school and different times and let the child be a little familiar with the school grounds, the staff, and the children present. Ask about staff turnovers as well. If new teachers are hired every year, you know that there is something to be concerned about.
3) Observe the teacher-child relationship, as well as director-teacher relationship. That is one of the best ways to see how well the school functions.
4) Ask about the school’s philosophy and curriculum. Make sure they follow what they preach.
5) Check the saftey of the facility. See how well it is maintained.
6) If the school provides the lunch, make sure you are aware of the catering company and the facility where the food is being prepared. Many hire outside catering companies and parents aren’t aware of where or how food is being prepared.
(These tips from Stacy are something that all parents should look into)