As older children and college students head back to class, the youngest family members may be going off to school for the first time. Preschool classes come in a large variety, from casual, part-time programs that meet for only a few hours a couple of days a week, to more formal and education packed full-day classes. For parents, it can be tough to see little ones go, and there are always concerns over the potential for accident and injuries that could result when they are not under your own watchful eye. If you are considering a preschool program or have already enrolled your child, the following are ways in which you can be sure you have chosen the right program, as well as some tips to help ensure their safety.
Choosing the Right Preschool Program
Get Ready To Read, a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), aims to provide parents with the resources they need to get their children on the right step for learning at a young age. While some parents put as much effort into choosing a preschool academic program as they would for choosing a college or university, the NCLD states that the main priority should be on finding a program that meets both you and your child’s needs. Things to consider include location, in terms of being near to your work or home, as well as the hours you want your child to attend. Some programs are subsidized to meet help meet the parents’ budget, whereas other options may vary over a broad range of prices. There are a variety of different types of programs to choose from, which differ based on the overall approach they take to the child’s learning experience. The following are just some of the different types of teaching approaches preschools may take:
- Montessori method, which allows each child to learn at their own individual pace and level;
- Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes problem solving through creativity and exploration;
- Waldorf approach, which emphasizes imagination in learning;
- High/Scope approach, which allows children to be in charge of their own learning by allowing them to make a plan for each day.
In addition to the above, programs may be faith-based, with an emphasis on religious principles, and they may employ cooperative teaching methods, in which each parent plays a role in the classroom.
Ways To Ensure Your Child’s Safety Away From Home
Any preschool program needs to make sure they are taking the appropriate steps to ensure their young student’s safety. When choosing or sending your child to a preschool, the National Association for the Education of Young Children recommends the following:
- Make sure there is at least one adult for every six toddlers, with no more than 12 toddlers in any one group;
- Teachers should be directly supervising children at all time, even when they nap;
- Proper instructions for hand washing and cleaning toys and other surfaces to prevent the risk of infectious diseases should be posted and followed by all staff members;
- There should be a well-stocked first aid kit and a list of numbers to call in the event of an emergency;
- Furniture should be sturdy and low, and non-slip surfaces covering most areas;
- Fire extinguishers should be in reach, and smoke alarms should be installed in classrooms, sleeping areas, and at the top of stairwells.
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