If your child is finally ready for preschool, take the time to get them – and yourself – prepared for the adventure. Preschool is the foundation for your child's entire education. Here are some strategies you can use to help your child get the most out of their preschool experience.
Meet the Staff Members Early
If your child hasn't spent much time away from you, they may not be prepared to be cared for by unfamiliar people.
Are you disillusioned by the education your children are receiving at public school? Perhaps you are unhappy with the fact that classes are too large, or you might be unhappy about the curriculum that is used. It might even be that your children have never attended school, and you are planning ahead to send them to a private school. As you decide on which school you want your children to attend, here are some ideas that might help you.
When your kids are finally old enough to try sleeping at an overnight youth summer camp, you might still be a little nervous about sending them. Luckily, preparation and good questions will enable you to select a camp that's safe, age appropriate and fun. Asking these questions of any possible choice will provide helpful decision-making details.
How Do You Staff Your Facility?
It's smart to know information about the counselors, usually young adults, who will be with your children all day.
There's a lot of advice out there for parents who struggle with the daycare drop-off. While it's true that mornings can be rough and many children aren't happy with being dropped off at daycare at first, many parents eventually find that they have the opposite problem – they arrive to pick their child up, only to find out that their child isn't ready to leave! They're busy playing and want to keep at it.
If you are looking for a day care that also includes preschool type learning and playing atmosphere, you want to do some research to make sure that you get the right type of balance. You want your child to have fun throughout the day, but to learn what they need to know before they get to kindergarten. Here are some of the things that you want to talk with the program director about when you tour the preschool and talk with the staff.