Most parents dream of a kindergarten close to home. However, is location such a decisive factor? Do you choose a job depending on where the office is located? Kindergarten is the place where your child spends the whole day, and for him or her time flies faster than for an adult. Thus, it is crucial for children to be in the place where they feel comfortable and secure.
When you start looking for a kindergarten for your child, first thing you should pay attention to is how teachers interact with children. Do they behave professionally, organizing team activities for kids and making sure children are safe and sound, or do they neglect their duties: talk on the phone or to their colleagues paying no attention to kids they are supposed to be responsible for?
Exterior. First impressions are the most lasting.
How secure is a playground and the perimeter of a kindergarten in general? Pay attention to fences and entrance. Is it easy for stray animals to enter a kindergarten? How clean are playpits? Are there enough sidewalks and lawns? Are slides, sport facilities and swings in good condition? Are there enough of them? Your child’s security depends on these key factors. Kids are usually active and they need enough space to play, ride bikes and scooters. There should also be enough flower beds and trees.
Security. Because it matters.
Who is in charge of security in a kindergarten: is it an aged watchguard, or a specialized professional security company? Security is not essential for serious violation cases only. An authorized security person should know parents in person to make sure a stranger doesn’t seek to pick up your child.
Interior design. An aspect many of us ignore.
Interior design can either contribute to your child’s development or create a permanent impediment to it. First of all, color of the walls should be neutral, because this way a child feels secure and is not hyperexcited. Even adults feel more comfortable surrounded by walls painted in calm colors. One can use bright colors when designing the interior, but those bright accents should be at eye level of a child and not omnipresent. They are there not for the sake of design, but for educational development purposes. Besides, a design should be age-appropriate. For instance, in terms of furniture, it should be easy for a child to reach for a toy. When it comes to stairs inside or outside a building, they should be equipped with banisters at eye level of your child. It is vital that nothing that can distract a child hangs on the banisters and walls near stairs. Same attention should be paid to the surface of rooms: it should be even, secure and without crumple carpets. Interior design is an integral part of your child’s overall security, especially when you are not with him or her all the time, and a teacher is responsible for the whole group, which usually comprises of 10 children or more. Unfortunately, few kindergartens realize the importance of this factor and, thus, do not bring in professional designers to help with interior space. The irony is we usually do it for our offices to provide a place that will help workers to be more productive and work in comfortable conditions. We rarely do it for children though.
Hygiene. Basic suggestions.
Look around to make sure everything is clean, not dusty, and the air is fresh. Ask the staff how often they clean a room, wash toys and change bed shits and towels. Are there reminders to “wash hands” at kids’ eye level? Who is responsible for accompanying a child to the toilet and if there is one at all? Getting a glimpse at toilets would not hurt either. Read more about this aspect in our next article.
Comfortable and calm environment in a kindergarten supports and promotes your child’s development and his or her interaction with the world. However, a choice of a kindergarten is a compromise, and, thus, you should understand what is essential for your kid, because what might be good for one child doesn't fit the other one.
Good luck with your choice!
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For starters, let’s speak about people who directly interact with your child every day: nursery teachers. Pay attention to what they say to children and you personally, and how they say it. Another important aspect is their appearance: how tidy and neat they are. This is essential given the fact that kids like to emulate adults.
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