How to Select the BEST Childcare and Preschool Option – A Parent’s Guide

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Kristin Lauria, Director of Education for Primrose School of Christopher Robin.

Parents will agree, selecting the right Child Care/ Preschool can be agonizing. Research tells us that children’s brains are rapidly developing between infancy and age 5. A child’s healthy development depends on positive, engaging experiences during these early years of life.

The first step is to know your options. Ask family, friends, coworkers and your pediatrician to recommend local high-quality programs. Visit each school’s website to learn more about their programs.

Your first impressions are extremely important. Many parents say they know immediately when a school has the “right” feel. How were you and your child greeted? Did the school smell good? Was the staff able to answer all of your questions?

Getting to personally know the people at the school is critical-will these individuals partner with you as a parent?

Here are five topics to help determine if a school is a good fit for you and your family.

Education goals and philosophy: What education philosophies and practices does the school use to guide instruction? Does the curriculum reflect what is known about child development and preparing them for the transition into elementary school?

Accreditation: Accreditation means that a school is held accountable by an outside agency to adhere to research based quality standards.

Teacher Qualifications: What are the training requirements for teachers? Is there ongoing professional development for teachers? Art teachers certified in first aid and CPR?

Learning Environment: When visiting the school or center, observe the children around you. What is the atmosphere of the classroom? Are the children engaged in organized activities? Do the children look happy? Are teachers responding to the children and talking with them, not at them? And note if the schedule is posted outside or inside of the classroom.

Center Policies: What are the school’s policies related to safety and parent communications? What would happen if your child becomes sick? What are the payment options?

The care and education that children receive early in life is crucial to their development and serves as a foundation for their future success. There are many different child care and preschool options, so keep searching until you find the one that meets your requirements and feels right for your family.

Primrose School of Christopher RobinPrimrose School of Christopher Robin is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. The Leader in Educational Child Care®, we partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Our goal is to help children have fun while building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

To learn more about the Primrose summer camp experience at the Primrose School of Christopher Robin, please call 678-339-0107 to arrange a tour of the campus.

Please join us for our National Open House Event on Saturday, July 20th 10am-2pm.

We invite you to bring your family to visit our school and learn more about the Primrose Experience. Your family will be able to tour our school and our classroom teachers will be available to answer any questions.

Check out our iheartprimrose.com website to read what past and present families have to say about their Primrose Experience.

Primrose Christopher Robin is located at 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, GA 30005.

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