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    Was there any pre-school features that particular inspired you to choose one pre-school over another? Or any features you just love about your little ones pre-school aside from convienient hours of operation? I am beginning to look into pre-school's for DS1 and have no idea what I should be looking for! Any help would be appreicated!

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    I think you need to go and visit any preschools you are interested in. Watch the interactions between the children and staff, look at the displays around the room, are there photos of the children/families around, are there comfy spots to sit and read a book, ask them if parents can come and volunteer at the centre. If you want to know more about their program ask them what they do, most preschools will have some sort of documentation about their program available. A good preschool will make you feel welcome, if you visit when the children are there watch what the children are doing, are they happy and engaged, sure there are some children who do not settle well and some times of the day flow better than others but you will still get a general feel.

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    I agree with luvmyboys- you will get a 'vibe' about the place. Also, look how old the teachers/ staff are and inquire how long they have been there. Mine had all been there for many years and there hadn't been much staff turnover at all- for me, it was all about the staff and if you are lucky, you will get some very special people to care for your children. My kids had the same carers from age 1 through to school and the bond and nurturing relationshop was obvious. The flashest, newest, most expensive place might not be the best

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    With DD4, I had the option of two preschools.

    The first had great facilities, lots of toys, a brand-new looking playground fort, etc.

    The second one had a storeroom with components for contructing an obstacle course, a table with lumps of wood and hammers and a box of nails and milk bottle lids - for the kids to practice hammering.

    My impression was that the first one looked good initially, but was too sterile. However the second one obviously had less resources but felt more real, so I chose the second.

    With DD6, the first one I visited didn't really stand out at all, but with the second one the teacher we met really stood out. She really cared and seemed genuine. So that is the one we went with - we felt that people are the most important aspect.


 

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