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Choosing the right school for your toddler is an important decision and one that can seem almost overwhelming to any parent, but knowing what to look for in the best preschool in Jersey City can make things easier.
When visiting the school, check to see that the atmosphere is cheerful and inviting in addition to being clean, yet not overly neat. It’s important that kids are allowed to be kids with lots of room for little ones to explore, but it shouldn’t be dirty; for example, no food left out, dirty toilets, or messy play areas. Toilets and sinks should be child-sized too. Consider that your toddler will need to feel that the school is their home away from home, and be comfortable to do his or her own thing or to play in small groups.
A good preschool in Jersey City will be filled with happy kids playing freely or taking part in group activities like story time or sing-alongs. If you notice kids that are sitting quietly for more than 15 minutes at a time, or are bored and wandering aimlessly, it may be a sign that it’s not the right school for child.
Another important thing to consider when looking for the right preschool in Jersey City is the level of parental participation. The best programs recognize that parents are a child’s first and most important teacher and support parents in that role. Research has found that active engagement by parents in their child’s early learning supports increased school readiness and academic achievement. At River School, for example, parents are invited to participate in all aspects of school life with parental participation stressed as a crucial part of the child’s experience.
When entering a classroom it should be filled with lots of kid creations like drawings and paintings, particularly at a child’s eye level. Toddler school is a time to let those creative juices flow freely, and seeing their art work on display can boost confidence. Of course, it should go without saying that there should be plenty of safe, age-appropriate toys that are in good condition. When visiting the school, keep an eye out for a wide array of toys that encourage creativity and open-ended play such as dress-up clothing, dolls, cars, blocks and toy kitchens as well as plenty of books.