Simple Tips – How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child

Finding a preschool that works best for you and your child can be stressful and frustrating.

There are many preschools out there. Instead of getting overwhelmed, the best way to rid of the noise is by going back to basics.

Is Your Child Ready for Preschool?

This truly is the first place the start. You know your child best.

Preschool readiness should not be determined by age alone. Instead, is your child emotionally and cognitively mature enough to participate positively with other children?

Take time to understand your child. If you don’t think your child is ready and yet the pressure to prep your child academically creeps up, home schooling or enrichment classes may be an alternative.

Find Out What Keeps Your Child Interested

Finding an environment that keeps your child interested is key in his or her learning journey.

Is your child independent, active, motivated and curious to try new things? If yes, he or she will thrive in a Play based learning environment,  where children have the autonomy to pursue their interests while teachers facilitate, guide and encourage curiosity for educable moments.

If your child is more comfortable with structured learning and routines, he or she will most likely thrive in an Academic learning environment that is teacher directed, where activities are planned and children are guided in that learning. A child’s day will likely comprise of letters, sounds, colors, shapes, and numbers via worksheets and projects. 

The above environments have their respective strengths and weaknesses. What’s important is finding a preschool that is most suitable for your child’s learning journey.

Research and Ask for Advice

Talk to people - Ask your family and trusted friends for recommendations. You can learn from their experiences and make a more informed decision regarding the right preschool for your child.

There’s a wealth of information online - Google active preschool networking communities to tap into useful advice and resources. You might be surprised to find interesting feedback and reviews on your preferred preschools.

Preschool Visits

Visit your preferred list of preschools with your child and bring along a list of questions. Observe how your child interacts with the teachers and students. If your child seems really happy and comfortable, then that preschool is most likely a good choice for him or her. 

Do note that most schools do not allow unannounced visits, so please contact them prior to arrange for an appointment.

Choosing the best preschool for your child shouldn’t be a nerve-wrecking experience. You can mitigate the process by being informed and aware, and being prepared will make the process efficient, effective and meaningful for you and your child. We wish you the very best in finding the most suitable preschool for your child!