Preschool Hunting: 6 Things You Need to Consider when Looking for a Preschool

I can’t wait for that day when I have to enroll my kids, buy them supplies and bags for school, bring them to school and teach them. Finally, it’s here. Indeed, time flies really fast when you have a child! 

Choosing a school was not an easy task for me. We have to hop from one school to another, check out the facilities and tuition fee(!!!) and assess whether the school is appropriate for my child or not. We found a school, thankfully, but there are a lot of things to consider such as – Preschool Hunting1. Location. 

This is the first factor I looked into in choosing a preschool for my daughter. I heard a lot of good schools somewhere but the problem is the location is too far from where we live. This makes it inaccessible and hassle. I have to settle with the ones near our area so my daughter won’t have to wake up too early for school. 

I suggest you look around for schools near your area when choosing a preschool for your child. For sure, there are lots of good ones around. 

2. Teachers and teacher aids. 

I’ve always wanted to be a preschool teacher. Then I realized I’m not a patient person so I have to let go of that career. 

For me, teachers plays an important role because they also help us in terms of developing our child (though that is still our primary role). As much as possible, I need to see and feel that the teachers and teacher aids genuinely love what they are doing. In one of the schools my daughter and I attended, one of the students slipped and it was the teacher aid who got the child. I was also observing the other classes and I saw how a certain teacher treats her students. Obviously, I did not enroll my daughter there.

During preview classes, it is important to observe how the teacher handles the class and the students individually. I also make it a point to talk to them, ask them questions and assess their passion for teaching. I tend to be paranoid on this because I want to make sure that my kids are safe and surrounded by concerned people.  

3. Curriculum and mode of teaching

There are three types of school setting: Traditional, Progressive and Montessori (read more about it here). I decided to go for progressive mode of learning because it fits my eldest daughter’s personality. She is very active and moves around a lot and a sit-down setting simply won’t work for her. After attending preview classes and observed how she reacted on different school settings, I realized the progressive style is the best choice for her. 

Your chosen school’s mode of teaching should fit your child’s personality. At the same time, take time to check the learning tools and teaching materials used by the school. The manipulatives also should promote learning and encourage stimulation and proper development. I’ve been to one school where each classroom has a desktop computer inside.

Ask yourself. Does the school have enough supplies to teach the concepts a child needs to learn? What are the materials used inside the classroom? Are you comfortable with what they are using? 

4. Facilities.

This is an important factor for me. My house may not be the most organized one but I make sure it is clean and child-friendly. Hence, my daughters’ school should at least resemble the kind of cleanliness and orderliness I try to maintain at home. 

Therefore, a child’s school must be clean, well-maintained and organized. I also look into the facilities outside the classroom, whether it is the reading nook outside the classroom or the swing and slide in the waiting area, and check if it is properly maintained and child-friendly.   

5. Security.

I can’t be with my kids all the time, especially when they are in school. That is why I appreciate it when preschools have their own security, both in and out of the school premises. I want to make sure that my kids are safe even if I am not around.  

Ask about the fetching policies of the school. Will you be given a fetcher’s pass? What is their policy in case you can’t personally pick up your child? How will the school notify you in case someone fetched your child? These are only some of the questions you need to ask about security.  

6. Tuition fee.

Here comes the tricky part. I checked with different schools before enrolling A. I have to admit, I am shocked with how much tuition fee for preschools are these days. Seriously, 90,000++? They say quality education has its price and we should never compromise our kids’ education just because we want to save. True.

However, in choosing a preschool, we should also consider if we can afford it. Otherwise, there are other cheaper alternatives that don’t require breaking the piggy bank. Expensive doesn’t always mean it’s the best, right? 

This is why it is important that the preschool you are eyeing for offers preview classes. It gives you an idea how things are run around in that particular school and whether that particular school setting is effective for your child. It also gives you an opportunity to ask around, talk to teachers, check the facilities and assess if the school suits your child well. 

Happy preschool hunting mommas! 

15 Comments

  1. dianne

    May 18, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Hi Ayi! Nice tip! The tuition fee really comes last kasi what’s more important for us is the quality talaga,.. πŸ™‚

    1. Ayi

      May 18, 2015 at 4:09 am

      That’s true πŸ™‚ Never compromise when it comes to our child’s education πŸ™‚

  2. Neri Ann

    May 18, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Grabe the tuition fee. My twins are only one year olds and baka sa mga susunod na taon eh mas doble pa jan. Hayayay!

    1. Ayi

      May 18, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Mahal talaga πŸ™ Though I saw some schools, half the price or nasa 50K range πŸ™‚

  3. Michelle Martinezι‚±η’§ηŽ‰ (@xoxoMrsMartinez)

    May 19, 2015 at 1:01 am

    This entry is very timely as I am as you say “preschool hunting” stage haha I find the exorbitant tuition fees for preschool outrageous. I don’t want to scrimp but some schools offer 100+k for a tuition fee. The most I heard was 170k. OMG!

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

    1. Ayi

      May 19, 2015 at 3:28 am

      170k?? Grabe! Highest I heard was 93,000 but OA 100K for preschool ah. Parang college na!

  4. Lique Dimayuga

    May 19, 2015 at 8:50 am

    How old id your eldest mommy? We plan to enter our son when he’s almost 5 na for kindergarten, for now we are homeschooling…true, maraming dapat iconsider when choosing a school…thanks for sharing this list

    1. Ayi

      May 19, 2015 at 9:31 am

      She’s three πŸ™‚ I tried homeschooling but it didn’t work for us πŸ™‚

  5. katjrod

    May 19, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    My daughter is not even 2 years old yet but as early as now, I’ve been asking around for good schools, haha, excited. You got everything right, those are really the things to consider. Nagbibiruan kasi kami ng mga kapatid ko, style ng uniform ang pinakaimportante, pag mukhang pang international school, dun, haha.

    1. Ayi

      May 19, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Hahaha! Di ko naisip yung uniform ah :)) Nako. I started preschool hopping as soon as my daughter turned two. Excited talaga :))

  6. rollcoastermom

    May 20, 2015 at 6:46 am

    My two eldest kids have now entered high school. But I have a four-year-old son who will start formal schooling next year. I have to go through this finding a preschool thing all over again. This reminds me that I have to start looking as soon as possible. πŸ™‚

    1. Ayi

      May 20, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Good luck on your school hunting mommy Janice πŸ™‚

  7. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    May 21, 2015 at 10:21 am

    It’s really hard to look for the best school for your child. Of course, as a mom, you only want the best for him/her.

  8. Maria Teresa Figuerres

    May 21, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Like you, I also got the shock of my life when I enrolled my son in preschool five years ago. It was so expensive! We still chose that school, though, because it’s walking distance from our place, it’s secure, it’s run by competitive school directors, and the teachers that handled my son’s class were okay.

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