Things to Look For in a Preschool

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To say that the preschool years of a child are crucial and the most formative, would be an understatement. It is their first interaction with the world outside their family. Children, for the first time, experience a classroom, interact with their peers, play kindergarten games, and, most importantly, learn to stay away from their home. To summarise, it will be fair to say that for a child, it is a crunch decision. Their parents, being the guardians, have to put in a lot of research and hard work to find that school where their child could study as well as experience the new environment.

Many studies have validated the fact that whatever a child experiences in his/her initial years goes a long way in shaping their future course of lifestyle. So parents have to be super sure and aware of all the factors which might or might not affect their child’s health and development. A study report by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) indicates that a good-quality preschool education can position the children for academic success in the future. Picking a good preschool is what every parent wants but many of them don’t know what to look for while selecting a preschool for their child.

Here are five points that every parent must keep in mind when on a lookout for the best preschool for their child’s education:

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Cleanliness: Parents must ensure that the preschool has an inviting atmosphere. It should be neat and clean. It should be big enough for children to move around, explore, eat snacks, and even take naps! The toilets and sinks should be kid-sized. The preschool should also pass the smell test – no spoiled food or dirty toilets. If the parents aren’t comfortable, then their children certainly wouldn’t be.

 

 

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Toys and playthings: A preschool must have plenty of kindergarten games and books for children. While kindergarten games promote open-ended creativity and play, books can picked up and read anytime. It is very important to encourage children to participate in creative exercises and to read books. The sooner that happens, the better it is.

 

 

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Comprehensive curriculum: The daily schedule of a good preschool includes physical and group activities, story reading time, arts and crafts, socializing, and meal time. The curriculum should be updated and must provide creative freedom to the children. The daily schedule shouldn’t be too structured.

 

 

 

middleton-classroom-4Friendly staff: A preschool staff should be able to instill a strong philosophy of sharing, discipline, sleep and other issues in children. The staff should be caring and considerate. A good preschool is full of happy children playing games, talking (in their own way) and taking part in fun activities. Too much discipline limits their social activities and thinking capabilities. It’s the responsibility of the staff to ensure that the children are comfortable in their surroundings.

Good reputation: Even if everything about a preschool is great, hearing good things about it, does make a difference. When on a school visit, the parents should observe the children’s behaviour and how the teachers are handling them. Getting a positive feedback from other parents whose children are already in that preschool would help in making the right decision.

Eventually, the importance of preschool years has to be realised by parents and thus every effort has to be made to find the best preschool where their child can flourish. Under the guidance of a trained preschool teacher, a child’s emotional control, basic instincts, and inhibitions and fears can be controlled.

Finally, good luck!

Importance of Preschool

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Many parents ponder over the pros and cons of putting their children in preschools and think about what their children will learn by getting into one. The worries are endless and the increasing cost of education is not helping the cause in any way. Ironically many parents forget the importance of the preschool years in shaping the overall psyche of the child, they believe a child can learn more by staying at home.

Personality Development.

The advent of society led to the evolution of human beings to a superior species; they said our forefathers appeared more like monkeys than human. But with adaptation and evolution and advent of society, we learned to live in harmony, help each other and work towards the betterment of society. Later, education became the tool for change and helped us evolve into something more substantial and helped us in adapting to countless surroundings and circumstances. We learned through imitation in our quest to better ourselves. The race to achieve and outscore each other led to improvement of our skills and instincts.

Similarly, for young budding children, preschool is an organised environment where their skills are developed and a strong base for their future growth years is laid. Children continuously learn from their surroundings, and not just the rhymes or alphabets or the tables, which we expect them to memorise by heart and recite boastfully in front of guests, but the actual essence of life, to discover their hobbies and interests. Also, a child develops the pace of learning and interests, learns to control emotions, discovers confidence and a never say no attitude. And a preschool is a perfect environment for a child to learn.  A preschool is a perfect place to improve the cognitive, motor, emotional, intellectual development of a child. Yes it is well known fact that home is where a child learns his basic skills, however, a school is the place where the child learns to control the instincts and behaviour with peers and develops his social skill.

The brain is a fascinating chip, the more info you feed the better it becomes, one can train the brain to be happy, curious, excited, and positive but again in a systematic way. The inputs help to start a positive chain of development from a young age, and a preschool plays an important role in this. It starts with – preparing a child mentally to stay away from the families and learn to adapt amongst the strangers; it improves the emotional development. The good behaviour which a child learns from the preschool years makes them socially responsible and ultimately helps them in leading a good life.

Cognition Development

It is a scientifically proven fact that our brains are developed almost 85% by the time we get to the age of five, coupled with bizzare questions from a child which include a diverse range of topics and taking them as different lines in grey matter. These are the base for their future development and thinking process. In preschools, children are made familiar with systematic data through visual, oral, and experimental means, thus helping them in development of key brain areas. If implemented in true spirit, the teaching methods coupled with a skilled teacher brings a long lasting and carefree learning experience for the children.


The delay in realising the importance of preschool years can push a child behind by a few years in comparison to their peers. Under the guidance of a trained preschool teacher, a child’s emotional control, basic instincts, and inhibitions and fears can be controlled. In case of children, the time span of attention is critical because of their lack of cognitive skills and meandering nature. School can be a perfect environment of change where a trained teacher can create miracles by appealing the attention of the kids. With growing age, a child’s attention span also increases proportionally, therefore a teacher has be creative and innovate new teaching skills to provide an enriching as well as stimulating environment; which again highlights the importance of a preschool as a learning centre.