The process of choosing a preschool can seem overwhelming. From researching curricula to actually visiting schools, there are a lot of steps involved in this process. So to make it a little easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of a few important steps to follow when choosing a preschool.
Start as early as possible: When it comes to choosing a preschool, it’s important to start earlier than you may think is necessary. Not only can finding a good preschool take a while, but many preschools often have waiting lists, especially private schools. So by starting early, generally about a year before your child would be attending school, you’re giving yourself plenty of time to make a good decision.
Check local resources: One of the easiest ways to learn more about potential preschools in your area is by checking local resources. This can be events like preschool fairs, reading online reviews, and even asking your neighbors or parents you know about their experience with preschools. Checking resources and reviews will give you a better feel for the preschool.
Schedule tours: After you have a list of a few preschools you’re interested in, it’s time to schedule tours. When visiting preschools, you should be sure to check for red flags — you should ask about curriculum, class sizes, activities, and how involved parents are in the school. Also check for things like diversity, especially seeing as how having a multinational school identity can help students adapt to the globalization of the 21st century. Make sure to gather as much information as you feel necessary.
Know your needs: Finding a good preschool also involves focusing on your needs as a parent. Do you need your child to go a full day or can you pick them up in the afternoon? How far away is the preschool from your work? All in all, it’s important to make sure your needs as met as well.
Trust your gut: Lastly, you need to make a decision on what you feel is best. You know your child better than anyone and you should trust yourself to make a decision based on their needs. So gather as much information as you need and trust your parental instincts when choosing a preschool.
Hopefully, this article will help guide you throughout choosing a preschool. Finding a good preschool can be a long, trying process, but it’s worth it in the end.