Choosing where to send your child for preschool may not seem like a big decision. However, studies show that children who receive a quality preschool education tend to do better during their academic careers and are less likely to do drugs or commit crimes compared to those who skip pre-kindergarten. With the 2017-2018 school year gradually coming to a close, now is the time to do your research on local preschools in Jupiter. Here are some tips to help you pick the best one for your child:
- Ask about the curriculum – The earlier your son or daughter starts reading, the better. As you start exploring child care centers, don’t hesitate to ask about the school’s learning goals. More specifically, get an idea of how integral the ABCs and 123s are in the classroom. It’s absolutely essential that your child understands letters and numbers by the time they reach kindergarten. As explained in this article by TODAY, look for well-stocked bookcases, puzzles, and the alphabet in noticeable areas. Doing so provides further insight into the preschool’s philosophy on early literacy and math.
- See how much play is involved during the day – The best preschools can seamlessly incorporate reading and math through playtime. Of course, preschool isn’t all about ABCs and 123s. It’s also about their physical development. At Tiny Turtles Preschool, our playgrounds are used to enhance gross motor development such as running, jumping, throwing, kicking, and climbing. Playtime isn’t limited to outside, though. Every day, your child will have the chance to cut, color, draw, paint, string beads, etc. They won’t realize it, but these activities help them develop fine motor skills they’ll need to heavily rely on for years to come.
- Ask if children can choose some of their own activities – Not every second of your child’s day at school should be teacher-led. What we mean by this is that independent play can be pretty powerful. For example, maybe the preschool teacher allows students 30 minutes after lunch to do their own thing. They might have the opportunity to read a book, draw a picture, or do a puzzle. Believe it or not, giving a preschooler the freedom to choose their activity helps them have better long-term social and life outcomes.
- See how the school manages social and emotional conflicts – Every now and then, your child will become frustrated at school. Whether it’s because they don’t see eye to eye with a classmate or decide not to follow the teacher’s instructions, it’s important that the school implements sound conflict resolution strategies. The Tiny Turtles staff works to provide clear, consistent rules, and predictability to your child’s day. On top of that, we model sharing, helping each other, and taking turns. This all plays into the number of emotional milestones your child should achieve at preschool. By the end of your child’s preschool education, they should be able to effectively manage their feelings, follow limits/expectations, establish/sustain positive relationships, and interact with peers.
- Double-check the school’s safety measures – Here’s the most important one. Sure, you want your child to learn as much as possible and make friends at preschool. But their safety trumps everything else. At Tiny Turtles, we recently invested in “Watch Me Grow.” With this program, parents can log on to the safe and secure live stream from anywhere to see how their kiddo is doing. We want you to feel safe and secure with your decision to have your child at our facility. “Watch Me Grow” isn’t the only enhanced safety feature at Tiny Turtles! We are proud to be one of the safest preschools in Jupiter. For instance, our entrance is equipped with magnetic key padlocks. Our staff also requires that parents be buzzed into the reception area where they are greeted.
Please know that not all child care centers are the same. Our teachers would agree that nothing is better than challenging our preschoolers, building their self-confidence, and of course, developing their love for learning. Each of our programs offers units that involve computer labs, reading, writing, arts/crafts, math, science, music, physical education, and much more.
We invite you to check out pre-k enrollment at Tiny Turtles as you make a decision.