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You may feel overwhelmed and excited when selecting a preschool for your child. How do you make sure you choose the best program as a parent?
Here are some questions parents should ask their child’s preschool and child day care:
How Does The Preschool Approach Education?
Choosing a training program that focuses on discovery rather than drills and practice is important. It is important to find a preschool that provides opportunities for children to make choices about their learning, despite the importance of structure.
Parents should consider the level of openness between the school and the family when choosing a preschool program for their child. Families need to be welcomed into the program, given the opportunity to drop by at any time and informed about the child’s daily activities and development. Keeping close communication with your child through parent conferences, as well as feedback, is important.
What Are The Educational Backgrounds And Experiences Of The staff And Teachers?
If your child is in preschool, you are sure to want the teacher to be experienced and qualified. Inquire about her training and experience in developing a developmental curriculum and working with young children. It is crucial for a preschool teacher to understand how children develop. A certified CPR and first aid instructor should be on staff.
Are There Opportunities For Gross And Fine Motor Development Through Active Play?
Active play should be encouraged in preschools. Children need physical activity in order to develop gross motor skills and to be healthy and happy. In addition, it is essential to have table time. There’s no better way for children to develop their fine motor skills than by engaging in activities such as stringing beads, snipping paper strips, and shaving cream scribbling. The children’s hand skills will be developed by completing these tasks each day during the first year of school.
Are Meals And Snacks Provided?
Inquire about the school’s food options if it provides meals and snacks. How nutritious and balanced are the meals served? What kind of snacks are these? Is there a typical pre-meal routine, like visiting the restroom or washing hands? Does your child need to use proper table manners and should she consume everything she is served? When children are eating, can they interact with each other? It should be possible for little ones to socialize during mealtimes and snack times.
Does potty training have to be done?
Unless your child can successfully use the toilet on his or her own, potty training may be necessary. There are schools that require potty training, and others that will help with the training process. If your child isn’t fully toilet trained, ask how the school deals with accidents. It’s likely that you’ll have to send your child to school with a change of clothes, just in case.
These are all very important questions to ask when looking for your child’s preschool. Are there any other questions that you think should be included on the list? Please share some of them in the comments below.
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