When my oldest son (who is now 16) was little I worked outside of the home. When he was four I began searching for a preschool that he could attend until he started Kindergarten. Previous to that we alternated between his paternal grandmother and an in-home babysitter who was a close friend of the family as his childcare givers while I was at work.
I remember the pressure I felt in making the right decision for him. I had to choose a place that I knew I could trust. Even though he was four, he was my baby.
Fast forward to a few years down the road when Nick and Luke (now 9) were two years old. I was not 100% sold on homeschooling at this point in time. I struggled in believing I was capable of successfully educating my children at home. At the time I was also working part time from home for a family who owned a local business. I could get most of my weekly work done two days a week while Nick and Luke attended a two day a week preschool. Finding the right place for them was very important.
My process for finding the right place for my littles back in 2003 and the later in 2008 remained the same.
Here is how I found the right place for my boys in each of these seasons of life. I totally understand the heartache you go through when you’re looking for the right place. These babies are our precious treasures. We want what is best for them.
4 Tip for Choosing the Right School for Your Child
- Recommendations are a must from people you know and trust. I am talking about recommendations from your friends and close circles, not a list of recommendations the school gives you. When I chose Nick and Luke’s preschool it was the places personal friends in my life had taken their children.
- Never make a choice on a whim. I made an appointment with multiple schools when I was searching for the right school for Garrett. I made an appointment and met with the director. I took notes. I asked very specific questions. I later came back unexpected for another visit. I had a manila folder for each location I visited with notes about each school. Meet all levels of staff; administration, teachers, aides, afterschool help, etc. When he started public school I did the same thing. Anytime my children have attended school they were never sent off to school without me knowing everything I could about the place that would be caring for my child.
- Is the school nurturing and loving? This is the deal breaker question for me. If I do not feel like you will love my child, nurture and care for him the way I do, the school is not a good fit for our family. Seeing and feeling a loving environment is a must for me.
- Go with your gut. If you have a bad feeling, the school is not right for you. If there are things you do not like, you have a choice to move on to another school. If you’re not comfortable with how specific things were handled, staff, curriculum, etc., walk away.
One of the things that stuck with me when we chose the preschool for Nick and Luke was something the director said to me on one of our visits. She had been the director there since the school had opened. She attended the church that the school was run at. She could tell us everything we possibly wanted to know. These specific words stuck with me; “I have never put a hiring sign out front of this school. I personally know the people who are taking care of your babies.”. That was peace of mind! And she meant it.
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Your turn to share. What is the number one deciding factor and tip when choosing a school for your little one?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Learning Care Group. The opinions and text are all mine.