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. 

KEEPING CHILDREN SUMMER SAFE

                           

KEEPING CHILDREN SUMMER SAFE


Summer break is a time that children and parents look forward to the most. It’s the time to relax, enjoy and indulge in a whole lot of activities. While parents get busy with looking for a summer camp and planning a vacation, children can hardly wait to run outdoors and play to their heart’s content. Outdoor play is a must for every child, for both fun and physical activity. However, with Mr. Sun shining at his brightest best, it is wise for parents take a few precautionary steps for their kids and themselves.

PRACTICE SUN SMART

Kids who are active outdoors during peak sunny hours can suffer from heat exhaustion. Avoid being in the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and when outside, try staying in a shaded area as much as possible.

TUNE IN TO SUNSCREEN

Upon heading outdoors ensure a sun screen. Child-friendly sunscreens of SPF of 30 and above that protect against both UVA and UVB rays is considered to be the best for Indian summers. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before they go outside or for swimming and reapply it every two hours, and after they come out of the pool.

DRESS APPROPRIATE

Light colored, non-synthetic clothes are soft on the skin and absorb lesser heat. It is also advisable to carry other essentials such as like eye gear and a hat if you are heading for an outing.

HYDRATE TO BEAT THE HEAT

As temperatures around us sore, the body’s natural temperature control mechanism tends to take a hit, resulting in heat related illness. One of the best ways to avoid this is by staying cool and hydrated. Drinking lots of water, taking cold showers, cold water sprinkles and summer drinks are at best to combat heat.

BE WATER WISE

On a hot day, a dip in the pool is very refreshing for both kids and adults. However, while doing so it is important to ensure pool safety. While in the pool, kids must be supervised by an adult at all times and young ones mustn’t be farther than an arm's reach.

GUARD AGAINST CREEPY-CRAWLIES

Keep mosquitoes and bugs from bugging you outdoors, as bug-bites are one of the major transmitters of several diseases. To avert mosquito and bug bites, use a child-friendly repellant that can be either applied on the skin or a spray for your surroundings.

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