The director should be knowledgeable and willing to answer your questions. Ask to see special rooms, such as the music room or art room, as well as the playground and cafeteria.
After visiting each school on your list, choose the one that best matches your budget and the goals you have for your child. The curriculum should provide plenty of learning opportunities, as well as time for play, socialization and quiet activities.
Questions and More Questions
Below are questions you might use when you interview the director of each school:
- How much is the tuition?
- Is the school licensed?
- Does the school have a religious affiliation? If so, are the beliefs and values incorporated into the curriculum?
- Does the school take the children on field trips?
- Do children need to be potty trained?
- What is the policy on sick children attending school?
- What is their emergency plan?
- What is the curriculum?
- What teaching methods do they follow?
- What is the student-to-teacher ratio of each class?
- Do the children get time to rest, as well as time play outdoors?
- What days and times are classes?
- Do they provide lunches or snacks? If so, what types of food do they serve?
- Have the teachers passed criminal background checks and received clearances?
- What training do the teachers have?
- What types of discipline do they use?
- Do they offer support for students with special needs?
Once you have decided on a preschool or nursery school, ask if your child can come in for a visit to meet the teachers and tour the building. Watch how the staff interacts with your child. They should be friendly and make your child feel comfortable.