Unfortunately, there’s no guide for parents to follow that tells you how to raise a child. You have to use your best judgment and always make your child’s safety, health, happiness and education a top priority. For most children, education starts with preschool, but when do you start looking for a preschool? Keep reading and I’ll tell you everything you need to know about having your child start preschool.
Having your child enrolled in preschool is beneficial in several ways; it helps prepare them for the elementary school, allows them to develop social skills, and stimulates their overall growth and development. The most important benefit, though, comes from interacting with other children and adults. From this, they learn to obey adults, share toys with other kids, play nice, use manners, etc.
Typically, preschools are intended for children ages 2 and 3. These ages are usually ideal for the preschool environment, as they are young enough to gain the most. However, some parents choose to wait until their child is 4 or even 5. The age you decide to take your child to preschool is important and should be well thought over before making a decision.
First, it’s important to realize that every child is unique and their ideal age for starting preschool will vary. Some children are perfectly fine in a preschool environment at the age of 2, but others will pitch a fit the moment you drop them off. As long as you haven’t been sheltering your child too much, they should be okay to start preschool at the normal age of 2 or 3.
Typically, the best time to start looking for a preschool is around 6 to 12 months before you plan to enroll them. This will give you time to find which ones are in your area and do your research on them. There are several ways to find local preschools – you can go online and do a Google search, look through the Yellowpages, contact a preschool referral agency, or just drive around town looking for them.
When doing your research on which preschool to choose for your child, you need to get a first-hand view. Give the preschool a call, tell them you’re interested in enrolling your child and ask them if they mind if you drop in while class is in session. You don’t have to stay for long, take a visit to the classroom and see how well the teacher is doing with the kids. Are the kids misbehaving and the teacher is allowing it? Remember, you want a stable and safe environment for your child, otherwise it could produce a negative affect on their development.
If you think you’ve found a suitable preschool, get online and double check their credentials. Are there any negative reviews or comments left from other moms? Do they have a good standing with the BBB? Check for these things and if all is good, then congratulations on finding your child a preschool that’s a winner!