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It’s never too soon to look. Don’t wait until your child turns 3 to begin investigating preschools. The ideal time to start thinking about a preschool option is when you child is between 12 to 24 months old. It is hard to picture your diaper–wagging tyke sitting in a circle singing finger–play songs? Actually, starting to make preschool plans early is for your own benefit. It can take a long time to sort through the various options in your community. You’ll want to talk to other parents, make calls to get basic information from the prospective preschool, and spend time visiting them. Even if you’re not inclined to be so thorough and have your choice narrowed down to one or two possibilities, some schools may have long waiting lists. You may need to apply early to reserve a space. Having a good head start will spare you later panic.
At first glance, preschool programs may appear fairly similar. They all seem to have pint–size furniture, and in all of them kids sing songs and create art. All are committed to the care and growth of young children; all want children to be safe, happy and enriched. The differences lie in how a given school goes about achieving those aims. No two preschool programs are identical. Which setting is right for your child? Practical considerations, such as the convenience of the location and cost, are usually paramount. You may want a school whose hours mesh with your work schedule, for example. But don’t let the nuts and bolts be your only concerns.
Taken from the book: Parenting; Guide to your toddler, by Paula Spencer
The first days/weeks at school are a time of adjustment. We all should recognize that each child’s adjustment period will vary depending on his/her age, temperament and prior experiences. Even children who usually say goodbye cheerfully can sometimes feel anxious.
In my experience as a preschool teacher and through the educational press I’ve found what helps children and parents adjust and make the transition easier.
Take some time to do research and find resources to help you learn and become better prepared for your child's early years. The National Association for the Education of Young Children is a great resource to help you find some answer to common questions parents have regarding their child's development and successful transition.