Choosing the best preschool for your little one can be a daunting process, especially if you are a new parent. At A Child’s World, our professional educators believe that the best preschool programs go beyond standard childcare. To ensure that your curious children grow into eager kindergarteners, be sure to ask any prospective preschool these four questions:
What is the average class size?
The best preschools have a low student-to-teacher ratio to maximize individual attention and to make sure no young student gets left behind. For a good baseline, consider that the National Association for the Education of Young Children recommends at least one teacher for every ten preschool students, with a maximum class size of 20.
What is the learning philosophy?
Preschool provides a child’s first formal classroom setting, allowing her to take important first steps toward becoming a student. Areas of cognitive learning like numbers and the alphabet matter enormously for intellectual development later on. A well-stocked bookcase, tracing paper, maps, clocks, and puzzles are all signs of a good learning environment. Be sure to ask each prospective school to brief you on its educational philosophy to make sure your child is on pace to develop a rich vocabulary and basic math skills.
What is playtime like?
A great preschool allows for imaginative and physical play by incorporating activities like art, music, foreign languages, and sports. Playtime offers offer children the opportunity to socialize and participate in developmentally appropriate exercises even as they learn values like teamwork and discipline.
What kind of values are taught?
Child care programs should be based on caring, honesty, and responsibility. In preschool, your child should learn how to respect classmates by raising her hand and taking turns. Watch how teachers interact with their students—your instincts are often your best guide.
A Child’s World preschool programs provide safe, nurturing environments for your young children to learn and grow. If you are a parent of a child between the ages of three and five and you want to learn more about our brain-based teaching methods, call us at (215) 348-7200 or visit our Doylestown location today.