by Amit Sharma | 7th September 2017
Selecting a Preschool: Tips for Parents
Indian parents can take a ease now. In contrary, to what everyone might have heard, selecting the right preschool for your kid is not that difficult and we will show you the way. The criteria for selecting the right preschool is about a little preparation. By Preparation we mean a clarity of thought that what you are looking for your kid in a preschool and what he or she would gain by that experience Let’s get on it right now and the following steps will help you do so:
The best way to keep from not getting goose-bumps by the process of selecting a preschool is to ponder about how the preschool might fall in line with your routine life. Few tips to ponder:
These are a few basic questions which will help you narrow down your search and make the overall process smoother.
There are few jargons which might confuse you at times and in order to avoid the same it’s better to know a few of them beforehand like, "Montessori Approach", "child-centered" etc. We have listed down below the most common philosophies followed by most of the schools in the country and the world.
This method of education is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. Here children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process
In this approach, children are exposed to problems and their creative thinking and problem solving skills are developed by self-exploration.
Not very different from Reggio Emilia it focuses on a child’s visualisation in learning, and help them explore their small world through their senses, thoughtful analysis and participation.
Consider this as an amalgamation of the above two it focuses on learning through multiple viewpoints, both inside the classroom and the natural world outside.
When children take charge of their own learning its known as High Scope approach. They are taught to propose a plan for the day and how they would like to execute it post which a preschool review is done to understand the results and help them achieve what they wanted.
When the environment of the class is made in such a way where the kid’s interest lies its known as Child centered. Hence there is no predefined environment and it may change from time to time as per children’s interest.
The vice versa of Child-centered is Teacher-Led. As the name suggests it is more formalized and structured environment with predefined activities and Curriculum.
Almost similar to child centered with an addition that here they wait for each child to start or ask for new events and experiences, nurturing individual learning experiences.
Not too common these days, however, when a religious institution like temples, Mosques churches or synagogues, run a preschool basis their philosophies.
Synonymous to preschool. As the name suggests it’s a year before Kindergarten. Ideally children below 4 years of age gets enrolled. Ideally, they are more organised and regulated than traditional preschool.
Now that you have done lot of brainstorming and made your choices more clearer lets close it by choosing the best one for your kid with some physical exercises - hey, it’s about your child, you will have to lose some pounds 😊
Meet the parents: Everyone in your immediate personal circle can be approached be it friends, neighbors, relatives, professionals like doctors, lawyers etc. - ask recommendations from them, while keeping in mind the above criteria’s you have narrowed down. People are happy to share their feelings and experiences when asked.
Google it: After GOD google has all the answers you have. Just do some research over the net to identify some of the preschools near me suggestions as per your defined criteria’s. Hopefully, you might get a match.
Now that you have zeroed down your choices and have come up with 2 - 3 environments plan a visit to each of them. A personal visit will give you more insights and real picture about the respective institution. Further, you will have the opportunity to interact with the staff and see for yourself how the environment is and how it’s being run. You may ask yourself:
Preparation helps so while you are visiting a preschool you may ask:
Some parents feel more happy and contented while visiting the respective school or institution with a checklist of questions they would like to be answered. Being prepared with a checklist is a good habit, however you might get lot of answers just by observation and not necessarily have to ask all the questions in your checklist.
Always keep in mind, selecting the best preschool for your kid is not that difficult and we are sure you will find the right one by doing some basic homework.
Success is about being prepared when the opportunity is there. Parenting is no different. To be a successful parent, you have to go in the process prepared with a clear mindset of what you are looking forward and what is it that you are getting.
Last but not the least don’t forget to explore our preschool section either 😊