The moment has arrived. Your little baby has sprouted wings and is ready to leave the nest – at least for a few hours. Looking out for pre schools?

So how important is this? It turns out, very. Those crayons and pipe cleaners may look innocent enough, but how and where they're introduced can have long-reaching ramifications.

According to recent years, preschool plays a large role in later academic success. "Children in high quality preschools display better language, cognitive, and social skills than children who attended low quality programs." They have longer attention spans, stronger social abilities, and better language and math skills well into their elementary school careers. In fact, 20 or 30 odd years after they've put down their wooden blocks and stepped away from the sand table, they're still reaping the benefits – they're more likely to graduate from high school, more likely to hold high paying jobs, even more likely to pursue their dreams.

While most schools offer some amount of circle time and finger paint, they are not all the same. Here's how to sort through the preschool mumbo jumbo, and pick the right place for your child.

What to consider?

 

Hours. There's a difference between day care and preschool. Day care often offers more hours for kids of working parents, in a less scheduled environment. Preschool programs tend to be shorter, and more structured. Decide your needs and look for a program that correlates.

Discipline. We all hope to raise perfect angels, but let's get real – a major part of young development is testing boundaries. Ask how the school deals with behaviour such as hitting or biting. Ask how they deal with conflict – do they believe children should work things out themselves? Do they believe in "time outs"? It's important that you agree with a school's disciplinary approach and trust their judgement – small children have a hard time with mixed messages.

Nutrition.One of the great things about preschool is that children are positively influenced by their peers – they may not touch fruit at home, but if everyone else is eating apples, they might be coerced to try them. Of course, they may also be negatively influenced. Does the school have lunch and/or snacks restrictions? If your child has food allergies, make sure they can ensure their safety.

Look at the Art. A picture is worth a thousand words, so look at what's hanging on the walls. Does everything look the same? Are all the crayons within the lines? Some schools emphasize facts: "Trees are green." Others encourage imagination: "Interesting. I've never seen a baby growing on a tree before!"

Visiting.Does the school have an open door policy? Can parents visit at any time, or are there set days for observation?

Safety.How does the school ensure student safety? How do they keep track of pickups at the end of the day?

Philosophy.More brain development occurs in the first five years of life than at any point thereafter. Educators have different views and approaches, even as early as the preschool years. Some schools are completely "play based," others have kids as young as three or four tracing numbers and letters to prepare them for School. It all comes down to learning style.

Every preschool should be clean, safe, and provide a positive learning environment, but there is much more to a school than nice facilities and happy teachers. When choosing a preschool for your child, it is important to ask questions. You might be surprised by what you find out. Hope you find what is best for your child and needs!

The name ‘Bodhi’ reminds one of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment attained under the famous Bodhi tree. We at Bodhi strive to empower young minds through our perseverance in motivating and rearing great achievers.

Bodhi also signifies the life of a human. A sapling grows into a well rooted, strong and giving tree if it receives good care and favourable environment while growing up. We work towards giving our children a nourishing environment in their early years so they grow into strong and smart individuals who have a large heart to give back to the society and lead the way for the next generation.

Few strengths of Bodhi:

  • First of its kind in Trivandrum instilling phonics at a young level.
  • Early readers - we have proven record that our children read by the end of KG Prep2.
  • Best of both worlds: incorporating Indian and US methods of teaching.
  • Curriculum at par with international standards.
  • Inculcating good habits, manners and dining etiquettes at a young age.
  • Use of learning aids and contemporary educational tools.
  • Imbibing the patriotic spirit along with overall development in personality including emotional maturity, social behavior, creative thinking.
  • Committed to provide continuous support to students, preparing them for a lifetime of learning.
  • Open door policy with parents to address any concerns and welcome suggestions with an open mind.
  • Quarterly one on one meeting with parents updating the developments of your child.
  • Our hygienic environment has made it the first choice for parents with allergic children.
  • Safe non toxic play equipment.
  • Service with a smile.