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Finding The Perfect Preschool

Deciding on a preschool for your child is an important decision requiring a lot of thought and research. You want your child’s first experience in school to be a positive one filled with enthusiasm and happy memories. There are several factors to keep in mind as you make your decision. Among the first, should be the location of the school. Do you want something close to home or work? How far are you willing to drive?

Another consideration is the school’s reputation. Do you have any friends who send their children to the school or who know any of the staff? Talk to them while doing your research and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions.

Before calling the school, make a list of questions that are important to you, such as student to teacher ratio, the staff’s credentials, what types of activities the kids engage in, and what is the level of progression from year to year. Also, be sure to ask if the school is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a sign that the school is trustworthy and reliable.

Take a tour of the school and observe the class where your child will be attending. During the visit, notice how the teachers interact with the young ones in their charge, their demeanor toward each other, and their overall peronality.

Finally, note the students themselves. If they are happy in their surroundings and you feel comfortale, it just may be the perfect preschool for your precious child.

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