How to Choose a Preschool

Choosing a preschool can be overwhelming for some parents. Every parent wants the best beginning education for their child and wants their child’s first year becoming acclimated to school to be a positive experience. We have created a small list of things to look for when choosing a preschool near your home.

Inquire about the curriculum – What does the curriculum entail? Does it offer group and individual activities to expand the children’s development? Make sure there are a variety of activities for children to partake in and different materials to learn with. It’s important that the preschoolers are not doing one activity for too long and that they are being stimulated mentally.

Inquire about the teachers – Do the children get along well with them? Is the staff consistent and stable or is there high turnover? How many children per teacher? These questions are very important to get answers to. A strong staff of teachers that the parents and children both like makes each child’s preschool experience truly wonderful.

Ask for a tour of the school – Being able to visit the school and see the classrooms, and various rooms in the school will help you decide if it’s a school you want your little one attending. A well-built playground is ideal as well so children can have fun play when outside for outdoor playtime. You can also witness the teachers and children in action to see how they interact with each other. Observing classroom learning time really helps make a wise decision.

Observe the children – Are they having fun? Are they actively engaged in what they’re learning about? It’s quite easy to determine if the children are enjoying their preschool experience and while you’re observing the children, make sure that the teachers are encouraging and disciplining the children in a positive manner with loving words and affirmation.

Speak to other parents who have children attending a specific preschool – Hearing from parents will help you make an informative decision on if a specific preschool is a good fit for your child and family. Parents are very honest when it comes to their children’s education. Just make sure you ask more than one parent because the opinions may vary from parent to parent. It’s such an important decision – don’t be afraid to ask questions and share any concerns with the preschool staff you may have.

Interested in learning more about Jolly Fun House Playschools in Chicago contact us at (773)637-6115 or Prospect Heights (847)541-5577?  We truly value our children who attend our schools.