If you are like me you cannot believe that your child has reached the magical age of three years old? I knew once my little princess reached that glorious milestone that it would be time to continue the search of a proper preschool. That moment has finally arrived when my little princess has to leave the nest and fly! Once I decided that it is time for Maliah to attend daycare/preschool the task of finding that perfect preschool is so overwhelming, with a bit of fear and apprehension along the way.
I felt that I should be a professional on this journey since I had to go through it launching my little prince off to preschool. However, with my baby girl I am a little nervous, anxious, and worried all at the same time. I am worried about reaching the impossible deadlines of enrollment, the family budget, and the pressure to get her in the right school (Whew) and I thought getting her potty trained was a huge task?
That is another thing, I wanted to make sure that Maliah was fully potty trained, she can express herself verbally to both adults and children, and could socialize with other children and play independently on her own if I left her alone for an entire school day. I do have my own criteria for my children. I think that it all goes back to being an educator, camp counselor, mentor coordinator, and overall teacher for so many years.
I truly take this next milestone in my child’s life very seriously, simply because her happiness and growth is very important to me. I want to make sure the school has an awesome curriculum, very safe for the community in which the school serves, healthy educational environment, and a wonderful place for my princess to continue to grow and flourish in her toddler years. Because so much is riding on my choice of preschools it is important to leverage all of my options for both my child and our family.
5 helpful tips
1. Choose a preschool like you would choose a job: Ask around, go for interviews, set up meeting times with toddler teachers and director to set up a day for your child to spend time at the school.
2. Distance from home and work: Make sure when I am considering a preschool to consider distance, whether it should be in close proximity to home, school, and work? or in a place with a happy medium for the family?
3. Do my research: Check out local parenting magazines, internet, Pinterest, ask for referrals from other parents in your parenting circle, most people won’t recommend a place if they are not happy with the services.
4. The school’s philosophy on educating toddlers: This goes back to a fabulous curriculum and the fundamental principles that the preschool subscribes to for their children.
5. Trust my Heart: It is essential that I feel comfortable with the school, and to feel secure and pleased with the teachers, pricing, and overall learning environment, by realizing that this partnership will benefit everyone that is involved, it is important that both my hubby and I are at ease with where we are sending our most valuable asset during the day.
How do you find an awesome pre-school for your daughter?