Guest Post: Ready for Preschool?

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The school year is in full swing now, and many parents may be looking for an appropriate preschool program that best fits the needs of their child. There are many preschool programs in the area, and you may feel overwhelmed when trying to choose one. However, the first question you must ask yourself is if your child is completely ready to attend preschool. Here are a few tips to help you figure that out!

Is your child potty trained? This is a very common and very important question when looking at preschool programs for your child. Most preschools require children to be fully potty trained, while others offer to help you along the process. When getting information from preschools, it’s important to ask how they handle the occasional accident. Regardless of the school’s potty policies, it’s better to pack an extra set of clothes for those “just in case” moments.

Does your child get along with other children? We all wish for our kids to be friendly towards one another, but that may not always be the case. When they reach preschool age, you must be sure that they will get along with their peers, especially ones that will be spending time with your child on a daily basis. A great way to make sure your child gets along with others is as simple as going to the park. There, you will have a perfect example of your child’s social attitude in an environment filled with kids their age. You’ll feel a big relief knowing your child is making friends and interacts in a positive manner!

Focused or easily distracted? Whether your child is able to focus on tasks easily or gets easily distracted by their surroundings, it’s important to know how the preschool of your choice handles the occasional distracted mind. Take the time to look into the preschool’s discipline policies.

Will your child be able to let go? This is a question all parents ask themselves at some point. Children are used to being at their parents’ side nearly all the time. When it’s time for them to be dropped off at preschool, it’s a big deal for both them and you! You have to make sure they’re ready and willing to leave your side when the time comes. You can practice this by arranging a day to drop off your kid at a friend or relative’s house for a short time to see how they react.

These are only a few of the many questions you’ll be asking yourself when choosing a preschool. Our preschool teachers at the Manassas Park Community Center are more than happy to answer any questions you have! Feel free to contact Sue Jurjevic via email at s.jurjevic@manassasparlva.gov or Arely Angel at a.angel@manassasparkva.gov.

image001The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA, Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, special events, and recreational classes. For more information visit us at www.manassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.