When you are choosing a preschool for your child, there is a lot to take into consideration. Since children learn more in an exploratory environment than with formal instruction when they are young, you want the preschool to focus on play, exploration, and creativity. Keep reading to learn how you can pick the best preparatory school for your child.

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Visit the prep school to observe when the children are participating in free playtime. You want to look around the room and make sure they are many centers for the children to play in, different materials to explore, a lot of action and activities, and choices for the children.

When you are observing prep schools, watch the teachers. See if they have a nice balance of observing as well as sitting down with children and asking them questions. Asking children to explain what they are doing helps them to learn.

Lastly, make sure it is safe. You’ll want to make sure you feel comfortable, the school is clean, and the children are happy. If you are comfortable and other children are happy, it’s a good bet your child will be also.

Attending prep school before kindergarten is very common. In 2015, 87% of five-year-olds in the U.S. were enrolled in preprimary programs. There are many public and private preschools to choose from so watch the video above for more tips!