What to look for in a kindergarten
Preschool or kindergarten is a big step for both you and your child, so it is important to make certain the one you choose is the right one for them.
After all, it is usually your little one’s first taste of true independence and possibly the first time they will have been separated from you on a regular basis. And it is only natural that you will want to choose the best preschool or kindergarten possible for your child.
But what should you look for?
Research shows that the most important thing to consider when choosing the right preschool is the teacher.
All preschool teachers should be well qualified and show an interest in your child’s particular needs. They should also have a degree in early childhood education or its equivalent.
Another thing to investigate is the way the preschool programme is presented.
Small children require an atmosphere that is relaxed and low-key, with plenty of time for them to pursue their own interests.
For instance, you might see in the morning, for as much as an hour, many different activities for children to engage themselves in.
This is the time when the sand and water play areas are utilised, along with dress-ups, blocks, puzzles and paints.
There should be plenty of time allowed for these individual activities to take place.
In addition, there needs to be a time when the children congregate on the mat to take part in group activities such as singing and games.
However, it is important that these group activities are brief and pleasant and not dominated by requirements to sit up and sit still. Overall, preschool should be far less structured than what your child will experience when they reach school level.
LEARNING TIME: Small children require an atmosphere that is relaxed and low-key, with plenty of time for them to pursue their own interests.