8 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE CHOOSING A PLAYSCHOOL



8 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE CHOOSING A PLAYSCHOOL

There are a host of playschools in the neighbourhood and all the schools seem to be very attractive, holding the promise of effective learning for your child. At times, it becomes difficult and confusing to pick the best playschool for your little one. Here are some points to keep in mind while selecting a play school for your child.

 

Safe & Secure Environment

The environment of a playschool is the most important factor since it has the biggest and deepest impact on the child. The environment needs to be safe, secure and comfortable for the child. Since this is the first time that the children leave the comfort of their homes and the company of their near and dear ones, it is a must to choose a setup that eases their transition. The school set up should encourage the child to participate actively and freely. The school's interiors should be bright and colorful and the outdoor area needs to be spacious and engaging.

Distance

Choose a play school that is close to your house or workplace so that your child does not spend much time in traveling. In case the school is far off then ensure that the school provides a pick and drop facility.

School Reputation

Do some research about the school you want to enroll your child in. It is essential for a school to have a good rapport with the parents and this can only be possible through a positive relationship and regular involvement of parents in the school activities and timely communication. Meet and speak to the parents of the children who are already enrolled with the school or who have studied in the school. Check the school website and understand the curriculum, the teaching methodology and the facilities provided by the school.

Learning Module

A child’s brain is at its best during early years of development hence the learning modules too should be academically inclined. The entire teaching methodology should be in the most simple and fun loving manner allowing the child to explore and grow fond of the learning process. There should be a lot of activities and the learning should happen through the same.

Length of the School Day

Many preschool programs are for a half-day or a few hours and with good reason – after even a short amount of time many children, especially pre-schoolers – are ready for a break and need some quiet time. Ask about all the available options and decide which one will work best for your child. If required, opt for a day care facility where your child can get his/her required rest.

Medical Aid

Every play school must be capable of giving the basic first aid. See to it and check whether the school has tied up with any child specialist, clinic or hospital in its vicinity.

Encourages Play

Playtime or free play is a must for the development of a toddler as it not only enhances their gross motor skills but is also vital for holistic development. The school must give significant importance to play and should be part of their daily time table.

Adult Student Ratio

The adult student ratio should not exceed 1:8, to ensure proper learning and care. It is very important that the adult student ratio should be known as most of the times there are a lot of children in the play school, however there aren't as many capable adults to look after them. During this age each child requires that individual attention and so the adult student ratio should be kept in check. 

6 TIPS FOR YOUR CHILD’S ORAL CARE


A child’s smile is beautifully contagious. A blend of mischief, imagination and lots more that instantly leaves us beaming. This little smile requires extra care that must begin at an early age, as childhood dental caries can appear right from infanthood, making oral hygiene a must!

Following are some easy dental tips that can help maintain your precious’ healthy smile:

1. Brushing

For infants, gently wiping the gums with a clean and soft washcloth or wet gauze after each feeding is the simplest way to ensure good oral hygiene. Once the formation of teeth commences, the habit of brushing can be initiated with age appropriate, soft-bristle toothbrush that gently removes plaque from their teeth and gums. Brushing helps best when done twice a day, i.e., morning and night. (Note – Replace the toothbrush every three-four months, or may be sooner if it is worn out.) 

2. Fluoride Toothpaste 

Once a child is capable of spitting at the age between 24-36 months.  Apply only a smear or something lesser than pea-sized drop of toothpaste to the toothbrush and assist them in brushing, spitting the toothpaste foam out and rinsing their mouth. Knowing that children have a tendency to swallow toothpaste, and missing out on certain areas of their mouth, assisting them till an age where they have mastered the practice is advised. (Note - It is ok if they don’t rinse the mouth with water because a little amount of fluoride is actually good to protect teeth.) 

3. Smile Check 

Pre-schoolers should have regular oral health assessment to diagnose, treat or prevent the onset of dental problems. Scheduling regular dental check-ups can help the parents understand teething and keep a track of their little one’s oral health.

 4. Diet & Oral Health 

There is a strong connection between nutrition and oral health. Healthy food provide essential nutrients for optimum oral health and overall health. Inculcate the habit of eating healthy snacks  such as grains, milk, cheese, yoghurt, raw  vegetables and fruit. Cut back on sugary foods and soft drinks to ensure healthy teeth and gums.

(Note – Daily intake of  milk and dairy products is highly recommended are these are rich in calcium and help build strong teeth.)

5. Practice What You Preach 

 You are the best role model for your child. Thus always make sure to take care of your own oral health as well. Look at making the dental care a fun activity rather than a chore. Brush and floss together to foster the habit of oral hygiene in the entire family.

6. Watch Their Habits

Letting the child fall asleep with milk bottle in his mouth, prolonged use of pacifiers, tongue thrusting, lip/thumb sucking, can cause  seriously damage to oral health. Encourage children to break these habit by replacing it with other soothers.

Although baby teeth fall out, they play an important role in helping your child bite and chew food, and also in speaking clearly. Good teeth pave way for a great smile, so give an early start to caring for your little one’s teeth! 

Note- The content is for opinion purpose only. For any recommendations, please consult with a healthcare professional.

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