There are a host of playschools in the neighbourhood and all the schools seem to be very attractive, holding the promise of effective learning for your child. At times, it becomes difficult and confusing to pick the best playschool for your little one. Here are some points to keep in mind while selecting a play school for your child.
Safe & Secure Environment
The environment of a playschool is the most important factor since it has the biggest and deepest impact on the child. The environment needs to be safe, secure and comfortable for the child. Since this is the first time that the children leave the comfort of their homes and the company of their near and dear ones, it is a must to choose a setup that eases their transition. The school set up should encourage the child to participate actively and freely. The school’s interiors should be bright and colorful and the outdoor area needs to be spacious and engaging.
Choose a play school that is close to your house or workplace so that your child does not spend much time in traveling. In case the school is far off then ensure that the school provides a pick and drop facility.
Do some research about the school you want to enroll your child in. It is essential for a school to have a good rapport with the parents and this can only be possible through a positive relationship and regular involvement of parents in the school activities and timely communication. Meet and speak to the parents of the children who are already enrolled with the school or who have studied in the school. Check the school website and understand the curriculum, the teaching methodology and the facilities provided by the school.
A childâ€™s brain is at its best during early years of development hence the learning modules too should be academically inclined. The entire teaching methodology should be in the most simple and fun loving manner allowing the child to explore and grow fond of the learning process. There should be a lot of activities and the learning should happen through the same.
Length of the School Day
Many preschool programs are for a half-day or a few hours and with good reason – after even a short amount of time many children, especially pre-schoolers – are ready for a break and need some quiet time. Ask about all the available options and decide which one will work best for your child. If required, opt for a day care facility where your child can get his/her required rest.
Every play school must be capable of giving the basic first aid. See to it and check whether the school has tied up with any child specialist, clinic or hospital in its vicinity.
Playtime or free play is a must for the development of a toddler as it not only enhances their gross motor skills but is also vital for holistic development. The school must give significant importance to play and should be part of their daily time table.
Adult Student Ratio
The adult student ratio should not exceed 1:8, to ensure proper learning and care. It is very important that the adult student ratio should be known as most of the times there are a lot of children in the play school, however there aren’t as many capable adults to look after them. During this age each child requires that individual attention and so the adult student ratio should be kept in check.