Just as education is the foundation for success in our lives, pre-school is the foundation for education. Finding a good preschool for your child can lead not only to success in their future education, but also success later in life. Choosing the best preschool is a difficult and potentially life-changing task, so knowing what to look for is key to ensuring your child’s success.
Public or Private?
The first step towards finding a good preschool is to decide whether or not you want to send them to a public or private preschool. While private schools may cost more, many times, the benefits can outweigh the cost.
Many private schools focus on wellness and physical activity, which can help children to stay active throughout the day. On average, children spend more than seven and a half hours per day looking at a screen. By sending your child to a private school that focuses on wellness, they are more likely to stay active and fit with programs such as yoga, ballet, creative physical education and soccer.
According to the National center for Education Statistics, private schools generally have less bullying than public schools. This may be because the ratio of teacher to student is much higher, thus increasing the chances that bullying will be detected.
Research the preschools in your area
One great way to finding a good preschool that will ensure your child’s success is to research the preschools in your area. You can do this both formally and informally. You can start by researching local preschools online and looking at some of the statistics offered. Another way, which might prove even better to finding a good preschool, is to ask your family, friends and neighbors. If you know people who have children slightly older than yours, your best bet is to ask them what preschool they sent their child to and whether or not they had a good experience. It’s best to have a list of things you are looking for in a preschool while researching, that way you can measure the costs and benefits of preschools in your area. This can help you narrow down your search to a few schools before looking at more options.
Do they offer Foreign Language?
One thing to look for when choosing the best preschool is whether or not they offer foreign language. It has been found that children who begin learning a foreign language early on tend to have better problem-solving skills, heightened creativity and enhanced spatial relations. Furthermore, learning a foreign language when younger has been found to be cognitively as easy as learning a first language. It is much harder to learn a foreign language later on in life. Therefore, finding a preschool with a foreign language program is incredibly important to ensuring your child’s success.
There are many things you should look for in a preschool including: foreign language programs, education of teachers, physical activity programs, location and cost. Are there any other things you recommend looking for when finding a good preschool? Let us know in the comments!