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4 Things To Consider When Choosing A Preschool

Here’s a quick checklist of what to keep in mind as you decide on the best pre-school option for your little one.

While it seems like it was just yesterday that you were holding a baby in your arms, your child will soon be ready for pre-school, and the big decision needs to be made. With so many pre-schooling options available, here are some tips to help guide you.

The first step is to make an appointment to visit and evaluate the schools you are considering for your child. Only you can decide on the most important factors in choosing a school for him or her.

  1. Location and Hours
    For some parents, this is not a consideration. For those children who take a bus to school, note that what might take 10 minutes in a car can extend to up to 30 minutes on a bus.
  2. Curriculum
    Some pre-schools offer specific educational goals and criteria that are determined by a specific approach to early childhood education. Other schools do not have a specific approach but have their own personal ‘philosophy’.
  3. Teachers’ Qualifications
    Are the teachers fully qualified and registered with the correct governing bodies, such as Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports? You can also tell a lot about a teacher’s style within just a few minutes of observation.
  4. Environment
    Is it clean and safe? In general, kids with learning and attention issues do better with a lot of structure. In preschool, this means that the day unfolds in a particular order. An example: First, there’s free play, followed by a classroom activity, outdoor time, and then back inside for a final wrap-up. Of course, you may think this is too much structure for your child. If this is the case, you might look for a programme with more free play, fewer routines and teacher-guided activities.
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