What to look for when visiting pre-schools


I can hardly believe that the time has come to start looking at pre-schools for Blake. It doesn't seem at all possible that he is two and a half and that he will be potentially looking into starting somewhere in September. 

So far we have looked at one pre-school which we liked as Blake seemed to like it there when we visited and its not much of a walking distance either which is handy. We are also planning to visit another pre-school which is more further out which I've heard good things about. 

It's got me thinking about the things to look out for when visiting and choosing a pre-school for little ones. 

How your child reacts
You will know if the pre-school is right for your child by how they are in the setting when you visit. You may notice that they are happy to go off and play which we found with Blake which is very unusual of him to do. It's so important to look around different settings with your child so you can both get a feel for them. 

Is the pre-school easy for you to get to?  For example we don't drive so need to choose a pre-school that is within a reasonable walking distance. If you do drive you will need to think how long it will take to get there and also consider traffic. 

Does the pre-school have a wide range of good quality toys and offer a variety of activities?
Are there toys/activities that encourage your child to use their imagination and be creative? Do they have age appropriate books? with a comfy reading area? These are a few things to look out for. 

Outdoor space
Does the pre-school have a spacious area for children to explore and be able to have plenty of physical activity? The pre-school we have looked at has a good outdoor area and they can use the playground when it's not in use by the school children. 

Children thrive on routine which makes them feel secure so a routine is important for them to know what happens next during their time at pre-school. It also means that staff have taken great care when it comes to planning their day. 

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  1. Great point about checking out the amount of outdoor space when you visit. So many seem to be lacking in that area now which I think is a real shame!

  2. I think outdoor space is really key - my daughter always plays outside at preschool x

  3. It's such a tough decision. We were lucky that there was a great nursery attached to the local Primary.

  4. It's so important to choose the right place & make sure they are comfortable - good luck with your search :) x

  5. Excellent points to think about! And to remember that one nursery wont be right for everyone. My friends kids HATED the nursery that my little girl goes to, and loves it!

  6. Its so important to have a checklist before you go as you can guarantee once there you will forget everything!

  7. Forwarding your post along to my daughter. She's in the middle of trying to pick a preschool for my grandson. I had no idea there were so many things to consider! Great post for parents

  8. My older 2 have gone to the local preschool run by a family I have known my whole life. Zach will start there next year. It has such a great family atmosphere and the children love it. Tomorrow they are helping me run a Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party :)

  9. I thought of all these before deciding on our preschool. Great post.

  10. Great tips here! One of the main things we looked at was amount of outdoor space as Sophie absolutely loves being outside. We definitely chose the right one for her and I'll be so sad when she leaves to start school in September! x