How to Pick Your Preschool

4 things to pay attention to

If you’re ready to see your children off to school, there are a few things to consider. Why? It’s important to make a fair, well-educated decision that will guide your child towards a happy, successful life. They may not make life-long friendships, but the school you choose will be their first formal education experience.

  • Where to Start

The first thing you need to think about is the school’s location and reputation. A school that’s close to you is best, but not if it doesn’t have your child’s best interests at heart. Speak to local mothers with kids at preschool to see what they think, and you’ll get a very good understanding of the facilities and style of education you’re looking for.

  • The Method

Every school from Kenya to Nigeria, South Africa and Morocco follows a method of teaching with specific techniques it believes will get the best out of children. The best thing for you to do is find the one that you think will work best for your individual child or children. Speak to teachers and headmasters, do additional research, and you’re sure to find the perfect preschool.

  • Nap Time or Not?

Growing toddlers need a lot of sleep and that includes sleeping at school. Some places try to limit the amount of sleep toddlers are allowed, while others are much more relaxed about how many hours a day they have their eyes closed. Speak to teachers and find out what their approach is. You want to send your child to a school where they get just enough.

  • Will They Eat?

A preschool that doesn’t feed your child is not a big problem – you need to simply pack them a little lunch. A small sandwich or some fruit is all it takes to keep a toddler full of energy. Think: soft slices of wholegrain bread covered in Blue Band spread, peanut butter and on the side, maybe some fruit (like banana or mango).


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