It is important for children to attend preschool. Not only does it give children the knowledge that they need to start school, it also gives them a chance to develop their social skills and to work on separation anxiety from their parents before they move on to kindergarten. If your child is ready to start preschool and you are trying to find the best school, there are a few aspects that you should consider.

Reputation

It is important that you find a school with an excellent reputation. If you are looking for schools, you should start by asking other parents with older children who have been to preschool. If they were happy with the school when their child attended, you should be as well. You can also ask to observe a class. If the kids seem to be enjoying themselves, it’s a good start.

Safe Environment

Safety is very important in a preschool. You should request a tour so that you can see the food preparation area and the children’s restrooms. Next, make sure that the toys and playground equipment are safe. Finally, find out what the policy is for visitors, end of the day pick up, and the security measures used to keep the children in their designated areas. It is important to know that your children are safe while they are in school.

Caring and Qualified Staff

A school is only as good as its educators. It is important to find out the educational background of the teachers and the administration. Teachers should have a background in early childhood education. You should also find out the child to teacher ratio. If there are too many students in each room, your child won’t get the individual attention that they may need.

Curriculum

It is important for your child’s preschool to have an age appropriate curriculum. There is more to preschool than your children playing outside and having fun. They should be learning their alphabet, how to count, animal sounds, and manners. They should also be developing their fine motor skills. If there is no set curriculum, it may not be the best school for your child.

Established Ground Rules

Structure is very important, even for children who are in preschool. Make sure that the school has a strict behavior policy, and they stick to it. It is important that the rules of the school are similar to your rules at home. Ask how the school will handle social and emotional issues. The school of your choice should also have an open door policy that allows parents to be part of the school community.

Preschool is the first major step in your child’s life. For some children, it is the first time that they are separated from their parents. For others, it is the first time they will be in a structured educational environment. Since this is such a big step, you should be very thorough when choosing the best preschool for your child.

The Montessori School of Flagstaff Westside Campus invites parents and students to see how these aspects are incorporated into the Montessori method.  Teachers work to address the needs of each student, while still maintaining a balanced classroom environment.  Call us today and schedule a tour to learn what sets the Montessori method apart.

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