Choosing a preschool is a big step for new parents. I feel like you’re making a decision that will put the child down a special way, begin to shape their future. While this may be somewhat exaggerated the reality, choosing the right institution to begin your son or daughter education is important. Many of the early social experience and cognitive discoveries will take place while in the nursery. When coupled with the weight and stress of being a first time parent, a decision can seem overwhelming. However, there are some simple keys that you can use to be sure you make the right choice
The first thing to do when you are making a decision that affects the child in the early years of his life is to remember to trust your instincts. The world is over crowded with books, blogs, and know-it-all parents tell you all that you are doing wrong to irreparably scar the child for life. If you love your child and really want the best for them, there is very little you can do with your choice of truly great harm to the person they will become. You and your partner know how you want to raise your firstborn. You have discussed the values that are important to you. Trust your feelings and stand by your convictions and you start the search for the right preschool. If a school feels wrong, or goes against something that you consider to be important, turn around and walk away.
When you are satisfied, the next thing to do is to understand the objectives of the preschool. Is this really just a daycare, where the most you can hope for is that your child does not spend an entire day to chew on blocks? Or is this kind of organization with a set class size limit, where teachers and caretakers will actually be working every day to help your child get ready for a lifetime education? The latter is where you want to be. Usually this update comes with a price tag, but the peace of mind you need to drop your child off every day knowing that they will be spending the time to grow and learn is worth every penny.
Finally, ask the kindergarten of the names of two or three parents whose children but currently enrolled or recently graduated. You can check reviews online, but when it comes to their children, people are much more irrational on the internet than they would be in person or by telephone. You should get a first-hand accounts from people who have gone through what you are going to start. Prepare some questions ahead of time. You know what is important to you, do not be afraid to ask someone about their experiences, and try to learn from their knowledge.
This is also a great litmus test for the organization as a whole. Organization that communicates with her parents will have a few names in the ready that they know will not only say good things, but are cheerleaders for the school. A place that allows for getting negative reviews will not give you any names at all. Whether you want to or not, this is a big red flag right from the beginning that could very well be the deciding factor.
Overall, the key is just to trust you, do research, and commit fully to the decision you make. Do it, and you will have no regrets as you sent your little treasure off to start growing in the world.