The time has come to send your precious to preschool. And like any mother, only the best will do. But how can you choose the best?
Get recommendations from mothers with slightly older preschoolers. What preschool does their child attend? Why did they choose that particular one? If they have another child, will they send them to this one as well?
Once you have narrowed down your choices, phone the agency or ministry governing preschools in your area. Find out if there have been any complaints, and if the preschool is licensed. Then phone the Better Business Bureau to see if they have any complaints on file as well (they will have a record of complaints, even if the preschool is not a member).
Visit many preschools, both with and without your child. The first time, you will want to be able to ask questions without being distracted by your child. Ask for a tour – do the children seem happy, clean and well cared for? Are the floors and toys clean?
The second time you visit, you will want to see how the teachers and other children interact with your own child. Even though it may seem to be the perfect preschool to you, your child may have different ideas. But be aware that some children might not like any of the preschools, so keep that in mind. But if he or she obviously loves one over another, you will want to take that into account.