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Tips to Keep in Mind in Choosing a Preschool

Tips to Keep in Mind in Choosing a Preschool

There are several factors parents need to consider in choosing the best pre-school for their child. Parents must give consideration to academics, accessibility, cost, teaching staff training, location, length of day and more so the child could get the most out of his first classroom experience. The decision making could be both exciting and overwhelming for parents so here are some tips to ponder on that could help in the process.

Below is an article by Kayla Webley that discusses the pointers one should keep in mind before sending his/her child in school like

7 Things You Need to Know About a School (Before You Enroll Your Kid)

            The second most important decision you will make as a parent — apart from deciding to have the kid in the first place — is deciding which school for them to enroll in. Make the right decision and you could put them on a path toward lifelong learning, a prestigious college education and a successful career. Choose wrong, and well, you know. Talk about pressure. Luckily for parents, Peg Tyre, author of The Trouble with Boys and a former Newsweek education reporter, has a new book to help parents evaluate both schools and teachers so they can find the right place for their child. Fittingly, it’s called The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve. Tyre spoke to TIME about which questions you should ask when you’re evaluating a school — whether your child is starting pre-K or switching schools in the middle of fourth grade — and why math is key in every grade. Read more …

 According to the article, the relationship between the teacher and the student is actually more essential than any other curriculum. Teachers will serve as the child’s second parents, so it is but important to make sure that your child’s teacher will help him/her grow and develop positively not only in academics but in other areas as well. The next article from Get Ready to Read enumerates more pre-school tips for parents.

Choosing a Preschool: Simple Tips for Parents

            Parents across the country, you can relax. Contrary to what you might have heard, choosing the right preschool for your child is not as difficult as applying for an advanced degree. The key to choosing the right preschool is going into the process prepared. Prepared? Yes, prepared with a solid idea of what you want your child to gain from his or her preschool experience. This month’s feature offers helpful suggestions for choosing a preschool that is a good match for your child and your family, as well as information on some of the most popular types of preschool educational philosophies. In addition, you’ll find links to checklists that you can use when visiting and comparing preschool settings in your area. 

Step One: Think about the Basics

The best way to keep from becoming overwhelmed by the process of choosing a preschool is to think about how the preschool will fit into your daily life. Here are some questions parents should consider: Read more…          

            As parents, you should have at least an idea about the so-called “educational philosophies”. Some of the most popular ones are the Montessori Method, Reggio Emilia Approach, the Waldorf Approach, the Bank Street Approach, and the High/Scope Approach. Knowing these stuff could help in making the right choices when it comes to deciding on your child’s first school. The following article from Young Parents presents several mom-tested tips in Singapore.

8 mum-tested tips on choosing a preschool in Singapore

            What should you look out for when choosing a preschool, childcare centre or kindergarten for your kid in Singapore? We asked eight mothers for their best advice. Learn from their tips. 

“The first preschool I enrolled my older son in was highly recommended by an acquaintance. I didn’t think to enquire about the curriculum, and since the fees were a pocket-busting $1,500 a month per child, I blindly assumed that it was an excellent school.
“After more than a year – yes, it took me that long – I realised that my son wasn’t learning a whole lot. I transferred him to another school, but he struggled for a while as he had a lot of catching up to do. Had I reviewed his first school’s curriculum to start with, he wouldn’t have been at such a disadvantage.” – Collette de Souza, 37, stay-at-home mum with two kids aged nine and seven.
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With so many schools to choose from, the dilemma could really be huge especially with so many factors one should consider. In all these decision making processes parents have to go through for their children, it is important to note that all these are for the child’s best interest. Parents must also respect the academic, emotional and social capability of the child before sending him/her off to school at an early age.