Top Tips on Selecting a Preschool for your Child
Are you looking for a nursery/preschool for your child? With so many childcare options available in Abu Dhabi, the decision can be a difficult one to take. There are many factors to consider when making this decision and the key to selecting the best pre-schools varies from parent to parent.
Here are our top 4 tips on helping parents select a nursery for their child:
Ask yourself the basic questions
- Is the preschool at a convenient location: Is it close to home or work?
- If it’s not nearby, will your schedule allow you to easily drop and pick up your child?If not, does the school provide a transport facility and is this a feasible option for your pocket?
- If both parents are working, does the preschool provide extra child care services in the afternoons to accommodate a longer working schedule?
If you have answered yes to the above, it is now time to consider the next tip.
After answering the first few basic questions, you now need to think about which curriculum you want for your child during their Early Years. There are several options available and some of the most common ones include: The Montessori Approach, the Reggio Emilia Approach, the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the American System.
We highly recommend parents to opt for the British EYFS curriculum because it is a child-centered curriculum and has been composed with children’s developmental milestones kept in mind. It is not at all a predesigned curriculum and the children are taught in a way that suits them best and every child is seen as a unique individual learning at his/her own pace.
Ask the local community
After deciding the location of the school and the curriculum, the next step is to conduct research. Look for the recommendations of various preschools from parents, friends, and family members and the wider community. Social media is a wonderful portal for something like this. Seek answers to specific questions which are meaningful. What is the staff to children ratio? Are the teachers qualified and cooperative? Is the school environment suitable and age appropriate for the early years? While bright, colourful walls can make a good first impression, it’s the questions above that truly determine the quality of a nursery and preschool. Collect as much information as possible.
Visit the Preschool
After gathering and confirming all the information above, the most important time has come, which is visiting the preschool to have a first-hand experience of the community and the environment. Our biggest tip here is to always trust your instincts.
Observe the little things like: Is the environment welcoming? Are the classrooms resourceful? Do the children look happy and comfortable within the nursery? Do the staff and teachers answer your questions happily? Is the nursery safe, clean and healthy?
Having said the above, it is so, so important for us to point out that there is simply no definition of a perfect preschool. As parents, all we can truly do is select one that nurtures and cares for our children as they go through these very first years of learning.
We highly recommend you to visit us at Spring Fields Nursery. We are conveniently located in the heart of the city of Abu Dhabi and we truly are one of a kind. We offer a high value British Early Years Foundation Stage Programme that is supported and implemented by our qualified and caring team of educators. The nursery has a spacious indoor and outdoor playground and runs all year round.
We are Spring Fields – An exciting and inspiring step before big school!