Childcare and You

Childcare and You

Friday, December 30, 2011

Tips on How to Choose the Right Preschool for your Child

My daughter, as the first born, had me scurrying from one school to another, in search of a good preschool program that would fulfill all my requirements of a preschool. I was particularly late to pick up the enrolment form from a school I was quite keen on and it crushed me when the principal turned down my application on those grounds. As a first timer about school and its norms, I made the usual oversights that most parents do when they temporarily lose sight of the fact that their little one is big enough to go to a preschool.

Decide on your priorities – You will first need to decide whether you want to send your child to a school close to where you live, close to where you work or anywhere else, as long as the preschool meets your requirements.

Do research of reputable schools – Once you have made up your mind about the area, your next step is to explore reputed schools in that area and list them down. Ask around for personal references as well as call help lines of referral agencies or childcare resources for a detailed list of accredited preschools.

Research online and/or the phoneAlmost all schools have websites of their own. Once you are armed with a list, go online to go through their website, in order to get an idea of what they offer or use the Yellow Pages to get their phone numbers in order to talk to the concerned authority.

When to start looking Always do a timely research of the schools in your area about their rules regarding enrolment of children into their curriculum. You don’t want to be running from pillar to post looking for admissions or waiting endlessly for a positive feedback.

Ensure that letters and figures are a part of their curriculumJust as ‘an early bird catches the worm’, in the same way, early reading habits will lay a strong foundation for better cognition, leading to better grades in future. Make sure the school is equipped with superior learning goals and activities that are designed to stimulate your child’s intellectual capabilities.

Skilled and certified teaching faculty The teachers in the school must be have the skill, know-how, training and temperament to deal with preschoolers. Most importantly, they must be must quick thinking capacity, in order to deal with any eventuality or emergencies involving preschoolers.

Personal attention with low teacher-student ratioIf the number of students is less per class, the teacher will find it easy to interact with each child personally for longer time, thus improving your child’s learning skills tremendously.

Figure out what is best for your childEven though you may have found a school that has everything you have been looking for, you are the best judge to decide if your child will fit into the environment that the school has to offer. Choosing between a curriculum that is demanding and rigorous or less challenging and socially-based, will depend upon your child’s disposition and personality.

Check this link out to give you a list of preschools around the world


  1. I'll be sending my first baby off to preschool this Fall. I've been looking for a good west roxbury preschool. I want him to get the best education possible starting young.

  2. Researching online and on the phones is so important! These are perfect ideas to get the best childcare nearest to your house. What should I know about picking up and dropping off my child there?
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  3. My sister-in-law is getting ready to enroll her first child in preschool and she has been stressing out about it for weeks! I had no idea there were so many things to consider in choosing a preschool! However, I do suppose that it is important to find the right environment for your child to develop a love for learning! What a great suggestion to look at student to teach ratios! I will definitely have to pass that tip along!

  4. I also think it is a good idea to visit perspective facilities in person. This allows one to gauge the environment and meet with teachers in person. Sometimes I feel like that is the safest way to make a decision like this and it is a great way to gain a first impression.

  5. Anita, I agree that a low teacher/student ratio can be very important. Everyone wants their children to receive the proper attention they need. If the number of students is less per class, the teacher will find it easy to interact with each child personally for longer time.

  6. I love your tip about considering priorities! My sister-in-law is looking for a preschool for her daughter and she is torn between one that is just down the street from her house and one that is across town. They both have different pros and cons and she is having a hard time making the decision! Had she prioritized the things that she is looking for in a preschool, maybe the decision would be easier for her to make.