Approximately 75% of young children in the U.S. participate in local preschool programs but finding the right preschool for your family can be a challenge. Typically, an important part of this process is making visits to preschool classrooms on your list to see whether they meet your standards as a parent. Do you know exactly what to look for in a preschool, though? While each classroom will differ, this checklist can act as a great guide to help you recognize the outstanding facilities in your area.
Top Things to Look for In a Preschool Classroom
- Room arrangement: The classroom should be arranged to give enough space for several children to play and move freely in the room’s main areas. In addition, quiet spots and active areas should not be situated directly next to each other. There should also be designated areas for independent use.
- Personal care and safety: Allergies and dietary restrictions should be posted somewhere in the classrooms, as should hand-washing instructions where sinks are located. Parents should make sure these hygienic rules are enforced during their observation. Electrical outlets should be covered when not in use. First aid kits should be adequately stocked and rules about leaving the classroom should be readily enforced. Exterior doors should remain inaccessible to children.
- Preschool education activities: An ample number of books — in good repair and from a variety of genres — should be made accessible to students at all times. Books should be read to both groups and individuals, and other storytelling, song, and communication activities should be encouraged. Art materials should be stored in labeled bins or shelves and made accessible to students. Props, clothing, and other dramatic play materials should be organized and accessible. Building blocks should be accessible and housed in a designated area.
Ultimately, not every preschool classroom will feature the same types of displays, activities, and setup, but this checklist is a great place to start. To find out more about our preschool program or to take a tour of our facilities, contact us today.