When evaluating a place for your child, you should consider more than the facility name or classification. For example, some daycare facilities may call themselves a preschool, but not have qualified teachers or appropriate materials. You may also encounter a preschool that does little more than a daycare would. So, you should evaluate each facility based on criteria important to you. Here are some things to consider:
1. A large portion of your child’s brain development takes place takes place during the early years of life. So, it is important that they not only be in a safe location, but also a stimulating one.
2. At this age, only so much can be learned in a large group. Smaller class sizes allow each child more one-on-one time with teachers. At this age children are at all different levels and progress at different rates. It’s important for children to have teachers that can offer a wide rage of appropriate materials and instruction.
3. A quite, peaceful environment is possible and important for a good daycare or preschool experience. This reduces stress and increases enjoyment for the child.
4. The facility should offer several options for your child’s schedule. For example, some may attend three half days, while others may attend full time to accommodate working parents. Don’t make assumptions on the cost based on whether it is a preschool or daycare.
5. Finally, children need a wide open space outdoors and time to explore it.