How to Enroll in Preschool: An Essential Guide for Parents
It’s time to rule the school. 61% of American children between the ages of three and five were enrolled in school in 2019.
Preschool lets your child learn basic skills, including social ones, so your child should enroll in preschool. But you can’t just call a school on the phone and sign your little one up.
What are the requirements for enrollment? How can you inspect preschool development? How should you prepare your child for leaving home?
Answer these questions and you can keep preschool from being the school of hard knocks. Here is your quick guide.
Figure Out the Requirements
Every preschool has its own preschool enrollment requirements. They may impose an age requirement or ask parents to submit forms like birth certificates.
It is essential that you follow these requirements to the letter. Visit the preschool’s website and read about the rules for preschool enrollment. If you need to submit documents, you need to get copies of them right away.
Investigate the Quality of the Preschool
Preschools are businesses like any other. You can find reviews of schools on websites like Yelp, and you should read them.
Read a wide range of reviews, even ones that go against the common consensus. If someone complains about a school despite most people liking it, think about why. There may have been one teacher or staff member who had bad skills.
Compare the reviews for one school with reviews from another. It is rare that one school is better than its competitors in every way. Think about the qualities you want and find a school that reflects those qualities the best.
Enroll in Preschool
Once you have narrowed your options down, you can start the enrollment process. A school will want to speak with you, so get ready for an interview. You may need to answer questions about your kid’s learning style and personality.
A preschool may reject your application. You should have alternatives in your mind and be ready to fill out other applications.
Prepare Your Child
You may be excited for your child to go to preschool. But your child may not be.
Talk to your child about what preschool will entail. Tell them that they will learn about numbers and letters. You can also talk about how they will play and make friends with others.
Preschool separation anxiety is near-universal. You can help your child combat anxiety by giving them a list of things they need to do before leaving home. You should pick your child up from school and talk to them about their day.
Start Your Child’s Education the Right Way
It is essential to enroll in preschool. Yet it is also essential that you do your due diligence. Your child needs to meet requirements, exceeding the age to start preschool.
You then need to research the best school for your child. Ask preschools questions and read reviews on them. Have a list of alternatives in case your child cannot enroll.
Don’t push your child into preschool. Explain the benefits of school to them and help them prepare for school every morning.
You’re not done once your child goes to preschool. Read more early education guides by following our coverage.