Many parents find the dilemma of which preschool to send their child to a daunting one. I have been asked many times what to look for when visiting a potential school.
The February 2007 issue of Parents magazine offers the following advice. Check out the basics: Is the facility safe and clean? Do the rooms have first aid kits? Is the outdoor play area well-kept? Are there plenty of age appropriate toys and books? Are they in good condition? Is the atmosphere friendly and fun? Student work should be displayed in the hallways and classrooms.
The classrooms should have a variety of activity areas such as an art center, a block center, a dramatic play center and a discovery center all stocked with materials that youngsters can reach.
Children should not all be doing the same thing at the same time; they should be playing with toys or other children but still be well supervised. Finally, do you feel comfortable? You want to be confident that once you drop off your child, he will be happy, and well taken care of.
It is also helpful to have a list of questions to ask the staff. These could include, does my child need to be toilet-trained? How can parents be involved at the school? How will the teacher let me know about my child's progress? And what is your daily routine? This information should help to make the decision an easier one.
The Norwalk Catholic School Early Childhood Center is currently accepting registrations for the 2007-2008 school year. If you are searching for a school to send your child to please consider giving us a call. Our faculty and staff would be happy to show you around our facility. You can reach our office at (419) 668-8480.
Amy Hurst is the director at Norwalk Catholic School Early Childhood Center