It's that time of year when you
consider sending your child off to preschool. You have found a preschool that
looks great, pleasing to your eye, offers interest centers, choice, natural
elements and environments that would extend your child’s instinctive wonder.
Perfect! But, who is facilitating this great space and what are their values
and belief systems? Should this not be of great consideration? It is for me,
for my children, I want to know!
Get to know the teachers that spend
a great amount of time and crucial learning opportunities with your child. What
do they value when it comes to early learning? Do they recognize the richness
of individual experiences and personalities? Will they take the time to
build a relationship with your child, so that at some point it is possible to
have the child’s trust in order to influence their learning?
The facilitators or teachers should
be qualified and certified educators and committed to establishing a
relationship with you, and most importantly, your child with the desire to know
their interests, fears, concerns. Without knowing these very important details
of a little person at a vulnerable age, it will be difficult to build trust and
a relationship. Without trust and security with the people a child is surrounded
by, that child will have a difficult time separating from parents and exploring
to their fullest sense of curiosity. This effects their intellectual
development, interferes with her peer relationships and they will have limited
sense of belonging in this particular setting.
Try to find a teacher who wants to
know how your child feels each day. As parents we should try to be open, the
teacher’s interest comes from a place of nurturing and protecting your child.
We should act as a team, trying to create a safe and secure environment
that will then allow the best opportunities for our very special young people!
For a more comprehensive guide for
families in finding a preschool read NAEYC, standards for finding a quality
Jada has a Bachelor of Education, has completed her Yoga
Teacher Training (300-hours) and a specialization in children’s yoga. She
continues to deepen her own understanding through a dedicated practice and
teaches adult and Kid’s Yoga throughout the city and incorporates yoga and the
teachings in her daily family life.