It even gives you a tightness in the chest just thinking about leaving the little one in an unfamiliar environment, right? The complex task of deciding which baby school is best creates a strong desire to get it right the first time and spare the baby from sudden changes.
For this to happen as lightly as possible, it is necessary to be aware that there are no perfect schools. The secret is to be well informed: do a lot of research, experience the institution’s routine and ask without fear! The recommendations are also valid, but they cannot be the final point of the decision.
Another indispensable factor is making a priority list. What don’t you give up when you think about baby school? What are the family’s personal values? Everything needs to be in harmony for education to be complete.
It may sound difficult, but we will help you with tips. practical and indispensable! Check out the main topics that should be taken into account:
1. Class time
Part-time, semi-full, full-time or flexible? The best way to decide is to associate the family’s routine – whether the parents work all day, for example – with the child’s age. Another factor is what stage of development the little one is at. If he already talks, wears diapers, how the nap clock works and if he breastfeeds or has already been introduced to other foods.
The distance from the baby school must be considered carefully. If it’s close to home, parents’ work or whoever is going to pick up the little one, so much the better! But, if in your own neighborhood or city there is no school that you like, look for one that stays in the path that the family takes on a daily basis. It’s always good to be able to get to the place easily, without getting into traffic, in case of emergency.
3. Pedagogical system
There are several teaching methods available out there. Bilingual, constructivist, montessori, waldorf and much more! In order not to confuse and end up choosing the baby school on impulse, a good starting point is to remember personal experiences: what did you learn, good and bad, in the schools where you studied? What do you want to continue in the education of the next generation?
To help, the pedagogical coordinator can exemplify how the learning process works. Whether it is through sports, drawings, music, games or whether what prevails is the baby’s autonomy. Even after the explanation, it’s good to find out if there is consistency between the company’s vision and practices.
Materials, such as books and toys, also demonstrate how school drives children’s development. Make sure there are safe toys for all ages and that the library collection is kept free of dust, mites and mold, which can cause allergies in children.
First, confirm that the school is registered at the city hall and has up-to-date documentation. You never know, right? Then check what the teachers’ training is and whether they have first aid courses.
As for the number of caregivers per baby, there is no specific rule. According to the National Education Council, it is recommended that each one should take care of a maximum of six to eight children up to two years old, 15 children up to three years old and 20 children between four and six years old.
It never hurts to pay attention to details! Pay attention to whether the little ones are warmly welcomed in the classroom, in the language that educators use, if they talk gently to the children, respecting the limits of one, and how they deal with crying and conflicts between students.
5. Physical space and security
It’s worth checking the size of the rooms in the place, how the environment is air-conditioned, if there are spaces for games, sensory experiences and contact with nature. Ah, pay extra attention to swimming pools, stairs and playgrounds! It is critical that children do not have access to unsupervised dangerous places.
Ask what is the procedure in case of a fall or when it is necessary to use medication. Baby school guidance on contagious diseases among students also needs to be checked, after all, the immune system of children under two years of age is still maturing, so they are more prone to viruses and infections.
The control of entry and identification of people needs to be well adjusted. The dialogue with the concierge must be up to date and matters such as flexible hours and who can enter and pick up the child must be communicated in advance.
6. Bathroom: diaper and bathing system
The premise of this environment is cleanliness and hygiene. Afterwards, check if the bathrooms have small toilets for the children. In cases of parade, at what age is it made? The ideal is for the school to make this period as natural as possible, respecting each child’s time. If the baby is still wearing a diaper, make sure the changing mat is comfortable and secure. Also ask if cotton or wet wipes are used to clean the baby.
When it comes to bathing, it’s worth knowing if it’s given every time the baby poops and whether it’s necessary to take the bathtub.
7. Keeping an eye on food
It is very important to know if it is possible to bring frozen breast milk to serve the baby, as it will be stored and warmed. If parents do not want the child to use a bottle so as not to cause confusion, they can choose to have the milk served in a cup. All this needs to be discussed with the coordinator of the place and even with the educators who will closely monitor the baby.
For children aged six months or more, make sure that the snack offered by the school itself is designed by nutritionists and that the menu is made available to parents. Pay attention if you need to take your packed lunch box from home and, of course, if the school food is free. The next tip you need to write down in capital letters: make it clear if the baby has any restrictions or allergies!
It is also essential to visit the kitchen and analyze basic cleaning items, such as: whether employees wear caps and whether there is care to handle, wash and serve food hygienically.
8. Nap time
Know if the baby is allowed to sleep at pre-established periods or as much as you like. Remember, young children need to stick to the sleep routine they have at home. That way, they will get used to the new environment much easier.
9. Vacations and holidays
Stay tuned if the baby school amends holidays and if it continues to function in the July and December holidays. This is important to adapt the school’s working days to your work. If you combine it just right, there’s room in the agenda for tours, trips and lots of fun activities with the little one!
10. How much can I pay?
High tuition costs do not always mean quality education. Choose a school that fits your financial standard. If you can’t invest in private education, there’s no problem, as long as you meet your expectations and take care of the baby with great affection.
I chose baby school. And now?
Once your child is introduced to the new routine, the phase will be observation and adaptation. Find out if parents will be able to stay with the children for a while, or at least see them from afar. If this is not possible, the coordination must justify the reason.
During this period, be aware of these important points:
- The child’s behavior when arriving at the institution. Is she happy, shy or crying?
- Changes in the baby’s physical and emotional state. Observe the look, gestures and reactions. It is more difficult when the little one does not speak, but you can tell if he is eating and sleeping well, playing normally and even if he is having some respiratory disease or allergy that he did not have before.
- Activities, drawings and booklets. Does it match the age? Are the themes playful and stimulate the imagination? Do you have monitoring from the teacher or any notes?
- The baby’s schedule. It is common for schools to keep parents informed via communiqués and notes. Don’t forget to check the logs daily. This way, you will always be informed about all the news.
If at the end of this period the experience with baby school is positive, enjoy! Your great love can only gain from this new discovery!
Now you are ready to choose the best kindergarten. Trust, everything will be fine!
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