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How to pick the right Preschool for your child?

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education is an age-based educational setting that aims to prepare children for school. It is a broad term and encompasses an array of services such as daycare, preschool, nursery school, family care, and battered women's shelters.

Preschools offer children the opportunity to learn and play in a safe but stimulating environment. Early childhood education has been proven to be effective in improving cognitive skills like language ability and reasoning skills among other things. Preschools also contribute to healthy development with activities like arts and crafts, music, literacy activities like reading aloud stories or playing games.

The benefits of early childhood education extend beyond these physical aspects of learning. Children develop social skills as they interact with other children in the classroom. 

Why is it Important to Find the Right Preschool for My Child?

There is no set choice of preschools. The best preschool for your child will be the one that best meets their unique needs. You can use these criteria below to find the perfect preschool for your child:

1) Location

Where are you looking to place your child? A school close to home may be more convenient, but if there aren't enough options nearby, it could mean a longer commute is necessary.

2) Age range and day of arrival:

It's important to check age ranges on this before you decide where you're going to send your child. If they arrive at a certain age and they don't like the school, they'll have to wait until then before they can transfer elsewhere.

3) Curriculum

The preschool is committed to providing a curriculum that is happy, creative, and colorful.

Play-based learning is an important aspect of the preschool curriculum at ABC Preschool.

ABC Preschool is committed to being an inclusive environment for all children in its care.

4) Free playing and social learning

Playing stimulate brain development and enhances early development. Free play promotes prosocial behavior and allows children to develop social competence.

Look for a preschool that not only has plenty of free play time in its schedule but also has teachers who supervise conflict resolution and facilitate social learning.

5) Teachers are positive and loving

Positive teachers are happy, helpful, and make sure to show their kids love. They are always in good spirits & are happy to help the children whenever they need it.

Teachers should not ignore or dismiss children’s questions. Instead, they should answer them and try to help. They shouldn’t be negative either; for example, they shouldn't make fun of the child's words or ask inappropriate questions. Positive teachers are nurturing - for example, by repeating what the child says or copying drawings were done by them - and don't engage.

6) Motor development

Another area of development is fine motor skills which include the use of the hands. Just as gross motor skills allow children to become more independent, the finer motor skills make everyday tasks easier: opening doors, clapping hands, brushing teeth, washing hands, and so on.

You might want to take all of these things into consideration when searching for the perfect preschool. We hope this list will help you decide on the best option to choose for your child!