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What should I look for in a preschool?

I have to look at a couple of preschools next week because I am enrolling my 3 year old in the January session. Registration starts Dec. 1st so I need to look soon. Does anyone have any advice what I should look for in a preschool? Any warning signs? Any advice greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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wynter wynter 8 years 28 weeks
I looked for cleanliness, class structure, group size, and happy kids.
sofi sofi 8 years 28 weeks
Look at class size. There should be a teacher and an assistant and anything over 10 kids should possibly have an extra pair of hands, too. how is the day structured? Can't just be random but their should be specific times for reading, play, snack, nap and shouldn't change day to day. My son is going to a pretty progressive school and at 3 years old I was grateful they didn't treat like a nursery or day care and worked hard through fun games and activities to learn all their letters, write their names and start learning sounds/phonics. Very structured, but wasn't too much for the kids. It is amazing what they can begin to learn even at that age. It wouldn't be out of line to ask them for parents you may contact to ask specific questions, or you can have them pass your name along to willing parents who don't mind talking. Cleanliness, playground, separate bathrooms for the little ones, and what kind of contact to they have with older children from the school (if that is the case). Go with your gut as well- you need to get a good vibe. Definitely take your child with you on a secondary visit to see if they like it or something bothers them initially- kids are so intuitive. Good Luck! We are really happy our son started at three and is reading, writing, spelling, and even starting cursive at 5- sounds strange but he is having fun learning and I don't feel like he is being pushed beyond his limits (he still has lots of time to destroy my house).
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years 28 weeks
it really depends on the needs of each individual child. i went with word of mouth and really liked the teachers for my one daughter. but when her sister went there (child #3) it wasn't such a great fit. if he has a little friend that goes there that might help get over the jitters a little better. have fun :)
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 8 years 28 weeks
I think this is something you need to go with your gut on. I have not crossed this bridge yet, but if it is a licensed preschool and you like what you see - I say go for it. I know my sister in law just went through this and the place she picked was a brand new preschool class with a new teacher. She liked the enthusiastic teacher and just knew it was the right place for her little boy. I know that her older boy (who is in 2nd grade) was even raving about how "neat" his little brothers school was and how he couldn't wait to go and read to the class on his days off!