4 simple steps to choose a Preschool for your Child

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:

First Step: First things First - The Basics

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:

  • Is it important to know preschool near me
  • Is it important for the preschool to have some extracurricular activities during the day
  • Is it important for the preschool to be near my workplace?

These are a few basic questions which will help you narrow down your search and make the overall process smoother.

Second Step: Get familiarized with jargons

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.

Montessori approach

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

Reggio Emilia approach

In this approach, children are exposed to problems and their creative thinking and problem solving skills are developed by self-exploration.

Waldorf approach

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.

Bank Street approach

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.

High-scope approach

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.

Child-centered approach

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.

Teacher-led approach

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.

Child-led

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.

Faith-based approach

Not too common these days, however, when a religious institution like temples, Mosques churches or synagogues, run a preschool basis their philosophies.

Pre-kindergarten (pre-K) approach

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.

Third Step: The Groundwork

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.

Fourth Step: The Visit

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:

  • Am I welcomed here?
  • If my child is keen on what they have to offer?
  • Are all children in the environment seem happy?
  • Is the interaction between kids and teachers healthy?
  • Is the environment properly sanitized?
  • What are the security and prevention measures?

Preparation helps so while you are visiting a preschool you may ask:

  • Are the staff members happy? Talk to 2 - 3 teachers and staff members.
  • Does the staff have respective degree/education in the similar field?
  • How does the environment handle discipline?
  • How safe is Pick up and drop off? Do they have the necessary staff to take care of the same?
  • Is the environment accredited?
  • What is the teacher to child ratio?

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.

Conclusion: The final approach in selecting preschools

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 😊