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10 Things To Look Out For In A Preschool.

Preparations for your kid’s preschooling
Kids in the age group of 2-4 years need to explore more and have fun before they go to school. What better way
to do that than in a preschool. A safe and nurturing preschool environment can be vital for your toddler in the
early years. So, here are some things you might want to look into before enrolling your kid in a preschool.
1. Do some research. There are plenty of preschools out there. Choose the one which suits your convenience
and budget. Preschool near you and the ones providing transport facilities are better. Some preschools have
custom gardens for the children to play. Others have exclusive playrooms with cribs. Look out for places which
provide low-cost services with quality programs like field trips, gatherings, library etc.

2. Check for safety. For a two-year-old kid, safety is a must. Clear boundaries and safe compounds ensure that the
kids don't stray away. Toilets, rooms, and halls must be safe for kids. No sharp objects or hazardous items. If you
find even a hint of the unsafe environment, it isn't the place for your kid.

3. Check for license and regulations. Some states in India have Private School Education Acts, which require
preschool to be registered under it. There is no central law for preschools. However, there are guidelines laid down
by Early Childhood Education System. They require proper space-child ratio to be present and a caretaker for
every 20 children. Also, the school must have clear boundaries; have necessary equipment for safety against fire
and injury. The institution should not conduct examinations and must conduct quarterly medical checks on children.
Doesn't comply with regulations? Look for other places.  

4. Make sure your kid is taken care of. Pay a visit and check if the place is compatible with your kid. Are the
teachers attentive and taking care of the children in there? Is the place comfortable and offer space for learning,
play and rest? If you get a no, do not go there again.

5. Make sure there is scope to learn. The place must provide ample support for the kids to learn. The best places
provide children with puzzles, legos and colour blocks to help the cognitive growth of the child. Also, outdoor play
involving ball throws, catch and group activities will do good. Your kid will learn to socialise and develop a sense
of time and distance.  
6. The well-being of your kid is important. It's just preschool and your kid needs attention. Keep track of the
regular schedule for pupils to check if it is comfortable. Get feedback from your child as well as the caretakers
about your child’s sleeping and eating habits at playschool. Do they help in potty training and in overall emotional
care? You'll have to get a definite yes for all these.

7. Look out for decent provisions. Kids usually get bored easily and this makes it necessary to have different
options for kids to choose. Good supply of play toys, paper and books will help. Timely coordination and constant
supervision by the caretakers will go a long way.

8. Interaction and initiative are key. Don't enroll in a place where keeping the kids silent and disciplining them is
the only priority. Your child isn't in school yet. Interactive puzzles, painting, colour activities etc. will help in
cognitive development.

9. Health and cleanliness. The preschool must be hygienic for kids. No littering, no trash, and absolutely no
unclean toilets. It's supposed to be a happy place for your child and health issues shouldn't spoil it.

10. Sensitive caretakers. Play Schools should have qualified teachers who must be at least graduates and should
have completed a basic training course in teaching. So, they must be empathetic and address the kids' needs with
sensitivity. Any conflict or bad behavior must be handled with care. Your child deserves affectionate supervision
in your absence.

Your child is going to be in school in a few years. A memorable preschool experience will be an enriching
experience for your child. Your kid deserves it.

What other precautions would you take before selecting the perfect Preschool for your child?

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