As a parent, finding the right preschool for your child can be a daunting task. There are so many options to choose from, and it can be difficult to know what to look for. However, there are certain things that you should always consider when you evaluate a preschool. In this blog, we will discuss the top 5 things to look for when choosing a childcare facility for your little one.
1. Safety and Security
The safety and security of your child should always be your top priority when selecting a preschool. One of the first things to look for is whether the school has a secure entrance and exit. Every entrance to our centers is equipped with an electronic lock. All parents must know the PIN, and all visitors are greeted at the door to sign in and be assisted by our staff. This means that there should be a designated entrance and exit and that visitors should be required to check in and out. Here at Youthland, a photo ID is required for all visitors. A visitor listed as authorized for pick-up must still present a photo ID to the school staff. Additionally, the school should have a clear policy for handling emergencies, such as natural disasters or lockdowns.
You should also look for schools that have a clean and well-maintained facilities. This includes clean and safe play areas, as well as clean and hygienic classrooms. Cleanliness is vital; our staff takes extraordinary precautions to prevent the spread of germs. We are also caring for our environment by using green practices wherever possible. The school should also have clear policies for handling injuries and illnesses and should have staff trained in CPR and first aid.
2. Curriculum and Teaching Approach
The curriculum and teaching approach of a preschool can have a significant impact on your child’s development. When evaluating a preschool, look for schools that have a well-planned curriculum that is age-appropriate and meets the needs of your child. Every child is unique. That is why Youthland customizes a program specific to the needs of your child based on age and development with the goal of empowering your child to be a lifetime learner.
You should also consider the teaching approach of the school. Some schools may focus on play-based learning, while others may have a more structured approach. It’s important to find a school that aligns with your child’s learning style and needs.
3. Teacher Qualifications and Experience
The teachers at a preschool play a critical role in your child’s development. When evaluating a preschool, look for schools that have teachers with the appropriate qualifications and experience. When it comes to your child’s teacher, our standards are just as high as yours. At Youthland Academy, child care and education are provided by some of the most highly trained and dedicated professionals in the industry.
Ideally, teachers should have a degree in early childhood education or a related field, as well as experience working with young children. You may also want to look for schools that have teachers who participate in ongoing professional development to ensure that they are up-to-date with the latest research and teaching techniques.
4. Parent Involvement
Parent involvement can be a key factor in the success of a preschool. When evaluating a preschool, look for schools that encourage and welcome parent involvement. We allow parents to visit at any point during the day and participate in their children’s activities. We also welcome mothers to breastfeed during school time if they need to.
This may include regular parent-teacher conferences, opportunities to volunteer in the classroom, and regular communication between the school and parents. Parent involvement can help to create a sense of community and can also provide parents with valuable insights into their child’s development.
5. Cost and Location
Finally, when evaluating a preschool, you should consider the cost and location of the school. Preschool can be expensive, so it’s important to find a school that fits within your budget. You may also want to consider the location of the school, as well as the hours of operation. With 19 locations in the Cincinnati area, you’re certain to find the center that is right for your family.
If you work full-time, you may need to find a school that offers extended hours or before and after school care. Additionally, you should consider the proximity of the school to your home or workplace, as well as the transportation options available.
Finding the right preschool for your child can be a challenging task. However, by considering the factors outlined above, you can make an informed decision that will provide your child with the best possible start in life. Remember to prioritize safety and security, consider the curriculum and teaching approach, evaluate the qualifications and experience of the teachers, look for opportunities for parent involvement, and consider the cost and location of the school. Youthland Academy has been serving families for almost 40 years! Reach out to us to learn more about our learning centers and to enroll your child!