Any good preschool gets there with a solid and good reputation within its community which in turn is acquired by excellent hands on educators and staff, a warm, friendly and creative environment, active learning facilities, a good teaching program, well equipped learning areas and safety above all. There are various points that need to be considered while selecting a preschool. We’ve selected the ten top most qualities and qualifications you should look for before you commit to sending your little one there. After all, that’s where your toddler will be for at least half a day five times a week. And that is the place that will influence his thoughts and emotions.
1. Safety and hygiene
Currently, safety is of highest concern amongst parents. Hygienic, clean and spacious classroom spaces are comforting for parents and provide a serene environment for young children who are coping with being away from their mothers or siblings. Children, unlike adults, face each other and get close to each other while talking. This is often cited as one of the reasons why one child with a cold will often infect the entire classroom and parents often joke that the little ones bring the infections home. In the wake of the Covid pandemic, these precautions of maintaining distance and hygiene will be of utmost importance.
2. Proximity to your home
Choose a preschool that is near your home or community. It not only keeps distances to and from school short but also helps build a feeling of camaraderie and the community itself.
3. Good teachers
Needless to say we all hold a torch for exceptional teachers. They not only influence the way we respond to learning, but leave a lifetime impact regardless of age.
4. Helpful staff
Teachers are not the only people who influence a child in preschool. Comforting kind staff members and assistants can be comforting, they assist children in basic motor skills, making them self sufficient and instilling confident.
5. Classroom size
The number of children in a class is also of utmost importance. Too many children make individual and one to one interactions limited while too few children restrict proper interactions among children, a much need skill for socializing a toddler
6. Creative activities
A preschool that adds that extra dose of creativity to your child’s daily learning will create an environment that is engaging, concepts that become easy to grasp as well as something to look forward to each day.
7. Emotional stability
A good preschool should be able to help young children to express themselves and eventually assist them to become emotionally calm and stable through personalized, monitored interactions.
While you might not think academics need to be considered at this age, this is the time where the foundation for your child’s reading, writing and mathematical skills is set. Choose a preschool that offers the teaching program that you prefer and interact with staff to understand various options and concepts clearly before deciding.
9. Access to different activities and materials
The idea of sending a child to Preschool is that the child should have access to more reading, writing and skill development material than a parent can provide at home. Ideally, this space should offer a range of activities and interactive materials.
10. Outdoor education and recreation
Being outdoors is the most undervalued experience of our societies in present times. Children develop a sense of smell and feel in nature, they develop awareness of their surroundings, it’s fun and refreshing, increases endorphins and makes for happy children.