ACQUAINTANCE WITH THE KINDERGARTEN: WHAT TO PAY ATTENTION?
When choosing a kindergarten, it is important not so much its geographical location as the pedagogical potential of the preschool institution. If you approach this issue not very responsibly, then in the future there may be disagreements and conflicts, and the child may not feel the full charm of the kindergarten period. We will tell you what to look for when meeting with a kindergarten and how to make the right choice.
Getting to know the kindergarten: what to look for?
If you want your child to go to kindergarten with pleasure, and classes in the group not only bring benefits, but also bring joy, then pay great attention to the choice of a preschool institution. Indeed, the comfort and success of your child directly depend on the professionalism of his teachers and the material and technical base of the educational organization.
It is important not so much the geographical position of the building (and for parents this factor often becomes decisive), but the pedagogical potential of the kindergarten. If you approach this issue not very responsibly, then in the future there may be disagreements and conflicts, and the child may not feel the full charm of the kindergarten period. We will tell you what to look for when meeting with a kindergarten and how to make the right choice.
HOW DOES CHILDREN’S ACQUAINTANCE WITH KINDERGARTEN?
Depending on the features of the village and the established procedures in a particular preschool institution, acquaintance with a kindergarten can take place one at a time, from the options described below:
approximately 4-10 weeks (the time depends on the policy of the administration) before the start of the visit, you and your child come to kindergarten once a week for classes. They last several hours. As a rule, such trainings are conducted by a methodologist or your future teacher. Sometimes the system of such activities is called the “parent school”;
visiting a group of short stay (several hours every day, the duration of the class cycle is also determined by the administration). Thanks to this option, the mother can see if her child is ready for separation and communication within the team or is it worth the wait;
you send the child for several hours to the already dialed group (but here you need the consent of the management and a health certificate will be needed), gradually increasing the length of the baby’s stay in the preschool. True, this option is not practiced in all kindergartens, since it depends entirely on the loyalty of the head.
MEETING THE KINDERGARTEN: WHAT TO PAY ATTENTION TO MOM?
Ask the kindergarten administration to let you see your future group after class. As a rule, management eagerly makes contact with parents and satisfies their interest. You can evaluate the condition of furniture, toys, flooring, windows, etc. If the teacher will meet you cordially and answer all your questions, tell you about the methods of working with children, about the nuances of adaptation for beginners, this will characterize him as a competent teacher. In case of negative, rude tone, etc. one should think, but how does he talk with children when no one sees them?
Some kindergartens even hold Open Day. The organization of such an event says a lot: the leadership and the teaching staff are interested in new children coming to them. This also indicates that the kindergarten administration wants to not only demonstrate, but also increase the prestige of its institution among parents. Of course, the material and technical base is by no means the main thing in the process of educating a person, but without comfortable conditions and a sufficient amount of didactic and developing material, a full-fledged lesson is impossible.
When exploring kindergarten, pay special attention to some points.
The attitude of teachers and management to the request to tell about the work of the garden, teachers, show a group or a playground.
Correspondence of the number of developing toys, educational materials to the age and the number of children in the group.
Look at the license and the charter of the kindergarten (this way you will learn the policy of the preschool institution, its mode of operation, the principles by which it conducts pedagogical activities, the duties, goals and tasks of the team and understand how they will meet the interests of your child).
Take an interest in the qualifications of kindergarten workers and, in particular, the teachers of your group. This will help to evaluate their professionalism, work experience, methodology of working with children.
Be sure to take an interest and analyze the reviews of mothers whose children still go to the kindergarten of your choice or have successfully “graduated” from it.
When the younger group goes for a walk, try to quietly observe the work of teachers. Although this advice may seem inappropriate to someone, but believe me, it will help you. It is one thing if the teacher plays with the children, is located right next to them throughout the walk and affectionately addresses his wards.