When my kids were born I did not realize how fast time would pass. I was mesmerized by their little hands and feet, the sweet smile after an afternoon nap and the way they would gaze into your eyes for what seemed like forever. At two and three they were still my babies and I adored our time together doing toddler things. The pitter patter of little feet on the hardwood floor and feeling a little body squeeze beside me for a morning cuddle just melted my heart.
When my friends began to enroll their children in preschool a shock went through me. I realized how thankful I was that my first had a late birthday. I had to myself one more year. I also had time to search for the perfect preschool.
Beginning the search
- Visit both public and private preschool establishments.
- Ask about the curriculum used. State ran establishments are often very different to private owned preschools.
- Interview the directorial staff and walk through the school during the school day. Talk to the teacher who would take care of your child. Ask about their experience, how long has the teacher been in the profession and at this school.
- Does the school offer specialty classes like computer, foreign language or music and movement.
- Find out what the tuition cost is. Can you pay a one time fee, quarterly payments or monthly payments?
- Ask about lunch versus snack.
- Decide whether you want your child to enroll in a full day program or half day program.
- Preschool is much more than academics, your child will learn valuable social skills they will use the rest of their life. Look for a school that will be a good fit for your child.
These are just a few pointers to get you started. Start early and be picky!
Robin Greene is a Kindergarten teacher and has also worked in Mother’s Morning Out Programs. Her children are now teenagers and she enjoys spending time watching them as they participate in their extra curricular activities. Robin enjoys freelance writing for mybabyclothes.com, where you are sure to find the most perfect baby clothes with sweet matching baby headbands, beautiful baby tutus and snazzy little baby hats for your little one to don this Spring.
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