Posted in Child Care, Education, Preschoolers

Finding the right preschool

How did you know you found the right school for your child? My son is turning two next month and we are considering placing him in a half day program two days a week. The downfall - is that I have an education degree, have been a teacher AND was a Director of a preschool before I stayed at home. I feel as though while I know a lot of questions to ask, I also know the “behind-the-scenes” and sometimes that can be ugly. So, how did you know?

  • Christina
    Nov 14

    Child development degree. Former preschool teacher. I wanted a good outdoor space. Trikes and sandbox. And a good inside space in terms of size. Some of the places I saw were way too tiny IMO for 12 kids to be in. I also love Reggio Emilia and hate Montessori so I was looking for schools with that philosophy.

  • Katie
    Nov 15

    Know the behind the scenes, then go with what you know and then go with your gut. We had a serious bad experience with a sitter when my daughter was 5mo. At 1 year we went looking. I asked everyone I knew where they had sent their kids an details on their experience. We got a terrible recommendation (based on my gut upon touring) and we got a couple of great ones. For me it was that feeling, the cleanliness (and safety), the right price, availability and recommendation from trusted sources. Go with your gut. And in the end we are Soo happy where we landed. My daughter is now three and my second daughter is 7mo and they both go 3-4 days a week. Some teachers are better than others but the school is willing to listen to concerns and communicate well. In the end...noone is you, so noone is perfect. Wbgo to Goddard School and love it. They are owned (I see the owner every day, her daughter goes as well) but there is a an accountability piece from the head people.

  • Lauren
    Nov 16

    I have an education degree and that’s part of the reason I want to homeschool. I don’t feel like our schools are doing children justice anymore.

  • Melissa
    Nov 18

    children’s workshop is good I like how they keep you up to date with pictures of your child throughout the day

  • Melissa
    Nov 18

    also if a place isn’t clean when you go in you know it’s not good then and your child will be constantly sick. if the teachers greet you and your child by name that’s also a really good sign

  • Glückskinder
    Dec 11

    I would say you having this background is a big plus. You know what you are looking for, what you expect and what to consider. You have the knowledge about how a Preschool/Daycare should look like, how educated the teachers should be, what's beneficial for the children. It might take some time for you to find the right place that you trust but I would say, listen to your guts! You know what to look for! Good luck with finding the right one!