The easiest way to know if a preschool is a good fit for your family?
See it for yourself – and make sure to bring along your child – by scheduling a school tour or attending one of its Open House events, says Adam Patterson, Australian International School‘s Head of Early Years.
Watch The Finder‘s exclusive video for more of Adam’s smart preschool-selection tips, and consider the following factors when you’re visiting a school:
Observe the Environment
First, observe the physical environment that your child will be in. Does it have suitable resources for both younger and older children? Does it have opportunities for both indoor and outdoor learning? Also, consider if the environment is safe and secure for your young one.
Get to Know the Staff
Ask how many staff there are in each year group and whether each staff member meets the current local and international educational requirements. Then, check to see if children have access to a primary caregiver and if the school employs university qualified Early Childhood teachers. It’s also important to consider the teacher-student ratios and see how the teachers interact with children. For example, take note of how educators encourage children to participate and if they engage with your child in a respectful manner that he or she can understand.
Be sure to ask your child’s potential educator about opportunities for your LO to share his or her interests, to enjoy excursions and what options you can explore if your child finds it difficult to fit in or faces trouble with other children.
Ask the staff for ways you can contribute. There may be parent group or committee you can join to participate in school events or parent-child sessions. Also, find out how you can communicate and work with your child’s teacher for updates on your child’s progress and daily activities.
From The Finder (Issue 295), October 2018
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