We know what a huge decision finding the perfect preschool for your unique child is! SAS’ handy Early Learning guide with its 16 key considerations will help take some of the stress out of your decision
How do you find the right preschool for your child? There are so many options out there, that it’s no wonder many parents find it stressful trying to narrow down the ‘best’ preschool for their little one. You’ll want to find a preschool that nurtures your child’s unique personality, celebrates their interests and looks after their individual needs. But how do you know if a preschool has the right approach for your child? The teachers and parents at Singapore American School (SAS) have outlined a handy guide entitled ‘All about Early Learning – What’s Best For My Child?’ that breaks down all the key elements that you may want to think about when looking for a preschool program.
16 Questions to Consider to Find the Right Preschool
The SAS guide on Early Learning starts with 16 thought-provoking questions from “Do I want play-based learning?” to “Do I want my child to learn another language” and “What qualities do I want in the teachers?”. From here you can discover more about what’s involved in each topic and better understand what matters to you so you know what to look for in a school. There’s even a handy list of what to consider when looking around a preschool with question prompts to guide you to uncover the preschool’s approach. If it’s your first time looking for a preschool there’s some great info here that you might not have considered. For instance, when looking at the teachers, the SAS guide has this advice:
“Do you want teachers who are highly educated and experienced? Do you want them to hold certain degrees? Do you want them to be diverse by age, background, or gender? Do you want them to have been at the school for a long time? Consider which of these traits seem most important for your child—kind, nurturing, strict, reassuring, flexible, enthusiastic, laid-back, excited, creative, energetic, calming, collaborative, organized, fair, independent—and develop your own wish list.”
Once you’ve had a good read of the Early Learning guide (and forwarded it to your partner/family members to consider) you‘ll have a much clearer understanding of what’s important to you, and how to better judge a preschool. Plus you’ll have the handy question prompts to help you during campus tours.
If you are curious to see the thought that’s gone into SAS’ own preschool and campus, sign up for their admissions virtual event here.
Good luck with your decision!