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Things to Remember When Choosing Your Child's Preschool

Sending your child to school is an important objective for his development. And this worry many parents too much on how to choose the best school that would harness the foundation for learning in a fun yet effective way.

Most schools offer a big amount of circle time and finger-paint; they are not all the same. Preschool plays a big part in the later life of your child. Children in high standard preschools display better language, cognitive and social skills. They have longer attention spans, stronger social abilities and better math skills. Also, they're more likely to finish high school; step to university; hold high paying jobs; and even more likely to have their own house.

To help you out and sort through the preschool mumbo jumbo, here are some things you should consider in picking the right place for your child.

1. Make sure that the schools you are considering employ teachers that have earned early childhood education degrees and know if the school itself is accredited.

2. There's a big difference between day care and preschool. Day care often offers longer hours for kids with working parents, and focuses on play rather than activities to teach specific skills. While preschool programs tend to be shorter and more structured. Programs are often organized around a specific educational theory or approach and would focus on academics rather than play. Decide on your child’s needs and find a program that correlates.

3. Kids can somehow be naughty and annoying, and some parents admit they cannot handle it so they leave the disciplining task to the school.  Ask how the school deals with bad behavior such as hitting, biting or throwing things at each other and ask how they deal with conflict. It's important that you ask these questions to know whether or not should you agree with the school's disciplinary approach and trust their judgment.

4. One of the great things about preschool is that children are positively influenced. Kids may not eat or even touch fruit at home but if everyone around them is eating an apple for example, they might be swayed to try them. Of course, they may also be negatively influenced by school mates of eating sweets and other junk. Know if the school provides lunch and snack for the kids or if their food must be packed from home. If the school supplies the goods, ask what they serve. Don't choose a school teacher who loves to bake if you don't want your kids eating a lot of sweets. Also, if your child has allergies, make sure you provide this information to the school to ensure their safety.

5. Does the school have an open door policy? Can parents or guardians visit anytime they like, or are there set days for observation? The latter is better, as kids could start being independent.