Educational philosophy and outlook
When selecting a preschool, it’s important to not only go for the one that offers the best structure or the type of program you like the look of, but also ensure that the school’s learning and educational values match your own.
You don’t want to enrol your little one into a preschool only to discover their approach doesn’t satisfy your child’s needs. For example, often toddlers like to try to do everything themselves, and so preschools should value kinaesthetic learning as it’s a child’s way of learning how to understand the world around them.
Start by taking an interest in the curriculum of the preschool and then establish whether it offers a discovery-based program. These are often found to be in the child’s best interest in terms of development since their primary focus isn’t on practical skills or drills. Instead, a discovery program will offer opportunities for your child to make their own choices about learning and will encourage them to explore and ask questions.
You also want to make sure that the preschool encourages an open-door policy. You don’t want to feel closed off from your child’s progress so if you don’t think the preschool will openly welcome you or your family into the program, trust your instincts and move in a different direction. Good preschools will encourage you to stop by at any time and regularly supply feedback on how your child is doing.