How to choose a Preschool for your children

@vingyan06 (2488)
Malaysia
October 9, 2009 11:43am CST
Parents usually enroll their child in a quality early childhood program with the hopes of preparing him for a formal education. How would you choose a preschool for your children? Any good Tips for Selecting a Quality Early Childhood Program? Lately I am busy researching a preschool for my 3 year-old daughter. I think of want to enroll my daughter to go to school in 2010. Looking at so many preschools around and I am stuck and don't know hoe to get the best one for my daughter. Hence I hope to get some advice on how to choose a preschool for the children. Let me know what are the factors you will consider when you choose a preschool. You like play focused program, montesorri based or any other program? Mummies and daddies out there, please share, thanks in advance.
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@JamesKYTan (1607)
• Malaysia
9 Oct 09
Make sure the principal and teachers are dedicated. You can visit the various pre-schools and ask the parents there for opinions. As for me I enrolled my son in a Christian kindergarten which give good moral teachings. It is near by our home.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
9 Oct 09
Hi James, Thanks for your response! In fact, I have started hunting for preschool around the neighborhood since last week. Yeah, teachers play an important factor when choosing a preschool. When you are evaluating the quality of the preschool teacher, don’t just look at the teacher who will be providing primary care for your child. I think these are some of the things that I need to check it out. 1. The preschool teacher should be properly trained in early childhood education. 2. There should be enough preschool teachers in the room to provide the necessary supervision and attention that the children will require. 3. Preschool teachers should be trained in pediatric first aid and CPR. 4. Preschool teachers should provide constant, positive interaction with the children. 5. There should be a diverse group of teachers employed at the preschool. 6. Preschool teachers should display fairness, patience, kindness, and sensitivity toward children. 7. Teacher turnover should be low.
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• Malaysia
20 Oct 09
With your 7 points outlined, I won't think you can get a pre-school that fit your demand. As long as the teachers are dedicated and caring should be enough. Make sure there is morals teaching as we tend to see young children shouting at their parents in the shopping malls in the presence of shoppers.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 09
Hi James, Maybe my requirements are too high, LOL. Any where, It is important to get the kids to learn moral started when they are young. This is to instill positive attitudes and values and to cultivate a confident, independent and creative child. Glad to hear that your son was from a Christian kindergarten. I am actually looking for a school which is Christian base too, where good moral is taught.
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@kaka135 (14118)
• Malaysia
10 Oct 09
I am also looking around if there is any good preschool for my baby, though he's only 7 months old now. I do not really like the education system in my country, where the students are "pushed" to study hard. It seems like it's a trend in my country today, hence the preschools are changed and preparing for the kids so that they can compete with others in the primary school. I was very surprise when I heard from a kindergarten teacher, saying the parents nowadays prefer a preschool that has examinations. Examinations for toddlers?? I totally do not agree with this kind of education system, I'd think preschool is a place for the kids to learn and have fun, not really to "study" hard. I really like my preschool, where we were told not to bring home any homework, as we should go home and play instead of writing homework. Also, we were taught through doing the activities, such as planting trees, doing art work, reading together in the library, etc, but not just study, study and study. We learned and had fun too. I always think, kids go to school should learn the soft skills, as in how to communicate with others, how to take care of the environment, how to build up their good attitude, etc. Hence, when I'm looking for a preschool, I'm more concern about how they teach the kids. Definitely, I won't choose those competitive schools, as I don't want my son grow up in a competitive culture. I'm glad that I've seen a few preschools in my country, which emphasizes "Learning through playing", I'm still looking around in my area. It's good to talk to the principal of the preschools, so you can understand the concept of the school, whether it fits yours or not. Also, I think trained teachers do not necessary mean they have the hearts to teach the kids. I'll take a look at how the teachers teach the kids too, their attitudes and also their ways of communicating with kids. Hope you'll find the preschool you like for your daughter soon.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 09
Hi Thanks for your response, truly appreciate it. Glad that you start searching preschool for your baby at so early stage. When do you plan to send her to preschool? I agree with you, small kids from 2 years above should have their fun time while learning, but not emphasize on academic. I went to 4 preschool yesterday. Every preschool has their own concept and I have a good time talked to the principal. At least I now can know better what a 4 years old toddler need. Some preschool is more on academic performance so I don't really like it. Also I am quite concern about the size of the class. I don't like to study in too big group. I don't think we need to give exam to small kids. MAybe exam can introduce to them at 6 years old so they can start prepare them selves for primary school.
@vathsala30 (3728)
• India
10 Oct 09
hi Vingyan Since for the first time the child is going to school leaving the mother for a long time, try to select the nearby school where the teachers and the head of the school are kind, helpful, dedicated and interested in the welfare of the children. The school should also have playthings and toys for the children.it has a small play ground so that the children can have some physical exercise while playing out and also able to breathe fresh air
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 09
Hi Vathsala, Thanks for your response! Yeah, I need a school which is near by, so that it is easy for us to send her and pick her up too. I have done 2 months of school hunt for my daughter, which I only did it when I was free to go out, that is why it took two months time, LOL. I really drove around my neighborhood, searching for a perfect one for her. I would say it is not easy to get a kindy that meet all my requirements, I hunt and hunt, hope not too miss the one that is the ideal school! Finally I get a preschool that meets most of my main concerns / requirements. My 4 main requirements, which I want a school that is : 1. clean and I feel comfortable with it. 2. student teacher ratio is low and so to deliver the curriculum effectively. The ideal ratio is 1 : 10-15 kids. 3. not too emphasize in academic . 4. the teachers are trained in early childhood education, and the teachers turnover should be low.
• India
14 Nov 09
Hi vingyan i am to hear that you have got the right school for your kid which fits suitable according to requirements.
@kezabelle (2984)
19 Oct 09
I am a huge fan of play focused learning! My eldest is now in year 1 and their reception year was spent again focusing more on learning through play and she is doing incredibally well, the preschool nursery at my daughters school is wonderful again learning through play and my youngest has been going there for 2.5 hours a day 5 days a week since april now and she is loving it, its fun enjoyable for her and best of all I see her learning and enjoying it.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
30 Oct 09
Hello Kezabelle, I have come across those play and learn preschool too. Yeah, it sound quite interesting. With playing around, the kids actually don't aware that they are actually learning. They can have more fun and not the stress for learning. Is the school your kids attend is a montessori based preschool? I have seen montessori preschool is more on learns and play and don't do too much on academic work.
• India
10 Oct 09
to select a preschool for my children, i have to check and require following subject very carefully : have good result reputation of this school past few years. must be facilitated by good environment with a play ground. location should be near to my house. teacher's are very friendly, well educated, wise and intelligent.also well behaved. where there my child would be secure and safe. also the study cost not much higher. i know and i'm ready to consider the study cost little, if its a preschool , what i looking for. but i'm not agree to consider the study cost , if it is much higher, and have chance to be tried to run after to carry the high cost of this preschool.good luck to you and to your beloved child.muuaaaah....
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
12 Oct 09
Hi Raiyan, Thanks for your response. In fact, what you mentioned here is what I am considering too. I am going to search more preschool next week. I would like to add on some of the factors that I am worry about : The size of the class. I don't like too many students learning in one class. I can see the teachers hard to concentrate and he teaching will go slow with too many kids at one go.
@Sreekala (32782)
• India
10 Oct 09
Hi Vingyan, I can understand your concern on your daughter for getting admission in a good school. I think it is better to get admission in a nearby school and you can collect information from neighborhood people or friends who have similar age group of children. I think all play schools based on a similar pattern differences may be the dedication of teachers that you have to find out from the other parents. Play schools are supposed to focus on play means learning through play. Hope you can find out a suitable school for your little angel. All the best to you.
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 09
Hi Sreekala, Thanks for your response. Good feed backs from neighborhood is important. Perhaps what they want are not what I need. So beside asking around the neighbors and friends , I did also done my own kindy search. I am quite interested in play school. The kids can learn from playing, in fact they don't realize that they are learing. This will be much more fun for the kids. So they don't feel the stress of studying or learning. Thanks for your wishes, I hope by this week I will have a decision on which school to enroll, thanks again.
@icegermany (2524)
• India
10 Oct 09
i have just got my son admitted into a preschool this week, alike you even i wanted to give my child the best start so that he can get prepared himself for the school next year and do his studies. there are really many kindergartens and it is very difficult to choose one and i preferred the one which is recognised and can give my child the required training to get him into a good school next year and also at the same time a good environment where my child can enjoy and alo learn the basic things. i would preferred to have him in a nearby kindergarten but sometimes we need t compromie for a few things to get the best one for our child.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
30 Oct 09
Hello Ice, Thanks for your response. Hope your son is doing well in his school. Agree with you, it is so no easy to get a ideal preschool. I just check on a few well know and normal preschools near my area. I yet to get one I like. FOr me, I just hope to get a preschool that isn't too academic based, English medium is my preference.
@marctiu (830)
• Philippines
10 Oct 09
Hello there. I want to suggest some factors that you want to consider before enrolling your child to a preschool. First, since your child is 3 yrs of age. I suggest that you select a school with safe environment for the child. Second, you check on the quality of education the school gives to your child. If it is good enough and have the right standard. Third, try to gather feedback, information about the school on what are the achievements, and the qualities of the school. I believe that safety and the quality of education are the best factors that can be included in choosing the right school. Have a nice day. Happy mylotting. Hope this can help your child have a better future.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
30 Oct 09
Hello Marctiu, Yeah, thanks for your useful factors there. Agree with you, safety is important. Security is so important for one's kindy. I went for some kindy search few days ago. Security was lax at both the kindy I went . There’s a latch at the gate but it was not locked so anyone can just pretty much walk in.
@cwong77 (2011)
• Malaysia
10 Oct 09
vingyan.. I have not got the chance yet to start searching a school for my baby girl, however those days when my brother is entering one, we choose the one that is near to our house. The main factor that my dad chooses this school is he feel pity for kids to get up so early just to attend school, and this kindy offers 2 session. The kindy that my brother went was also formed by an experienced principal that had her hand on a very very famous kindy in town. I think the main concern of parents on preschool are more on the techniques of teaching, the activities, and also of course the price.. I am now also contemplating if I should let my baby attend day care while I am at work, since there is one just below my office. I could let her have some time with other kids, so she will be more expose and let my mum had her day off too.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 09
Hi Cwong, So far I have went for a few kindy in my living area. It is so hard to get a right kindy for my daughter . Some I like their teaching method, but they school is too old, until I feel so uncomfortable. There are some school is very nice but the teaching method is not what I want. Another school I like so much in all the way except it does not teach phonic . There is one school I like it and one of my friend also enroll her son there. But I don't like the size of the class, there are too many students in a class, I just worry my daughter could not stand in too noisy class. And I always think a small class will have better attention for kids. Glad that you found a place to let your daughter to settle down while you are working!
@celineml (126)
• Malaysia
28 Oct 09
for this how to choose a preschool for your children a.me also no very know about this. sometime me also thing how many year old can go preschool le.my girl only 2year old no very clever to talk.My here preschool is like that if child no very no talk she must dun want.At big place i know will can go preschool le.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
10 Oct 09
Our kids are grown now but what I did several years ago was to call, set up an appointment with the director, go by the preschool, observe any playtime and check out the facility itself. Our kids ended up going to a church preschool that came highly recommended to me and turned out to be the very best experience for our kids. Increased their learning ability and social skills. Our youngest daughter is now looking into a preschool for our grandson who is 4 1/2. They moved to another state, knowing nobody, and she had to start from scratch doing a search. She is very familiar with the details since she did work for a daycare center as a director in a different state. She knows what to look for and how to interview the director so I have no doubts about her final decision.
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• China
10 Oct 09
I think I would send my kids to the preshcool which have the following conditions: 1.There are must have good sanitary condition. 2.The teachers all patient. 3.Can teach kids amount of knowledge to enrich kids lives.
@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
10 Oct 09
I send my kids to montessori playschool when they were little. It has given them a good foundation to an early start in their education. I would recommend a montessori style of preschool.
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@Ritchelle (3795)
• Philippines
12 Oct 09
i had the privilege of being a teacher for almost 6 years and i do believe that the first thing a parent should consider when selecting a school is the no. of students it allows a class to have. for the preschoolers the recommended no. of children per class is about 15 with the presence of another teacher once it goes above this no. this is coupled with the obvious fact that children also need to be supervised at home for even if the teacher gives adequate attention to all her adequate no. of students it is useless if the child doesn't receive home supervision. paying or choosing a school based on an eductional program isn't bad but it's plain useless if plain execution in the classroom is hampered already by the no. of students and the lack of parental supervision at home . peace .
@Hatley (164232)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Oct 09
hi vingyan06 My suggestion is to ask your friends who have kids that age which preschools they have they used and which have'they really liked. You can also get an idea of what to look for in preschools from talking to friends with kids. it has bee a long time since my son was that age, and we had no preschools near us at that time.