A year from now you might be talking about your child going into kindergarten. Do you think he or she is ready for that big step? Maybe you have been considering that it's time for your little boy or your little girl to branch out more in order for him or for her to be kindergarten ready. If you already have a plan in mind for you child's preparation for real school, you might not be interested in reading any more.
However, maybe you are still in the planning part of what you will do to prepare your child for his or her entrance into kindergarten. If that's the case, keep reading for some ideas that might help you.
Share A Daycare Program With Friends
Maybe you have several friends who have also talked about having a structured day for their own children. Would you be interested in joining a program where you each take turns planning a pre-school curriculum and planning fun activities?
If you are interested in being a part of a structured child care program, think of having a planning meeting with the other parents who want to join in. Address things like whether you will each take an entire week when it's your turn or whether you will take a certain day of the week. Consider reserving one day for all the parents to take the children on a field trip as a group.
No matter what you decide, be sure that everybody has a written plan so that later there won't be confusion or disappointments.
Enroll Your Child In A Professional Child Care Center
After giving it serious consideration, maybe you have decided that you would rather enroll your child in a child care center. By doing that, your child will be watched over by professional caregivers who love children and who have the experience to keep them safe and happy. You just need to decide on the kind of daycare program you want for your child.
For instance, maybe you want your child to be part of a Christ-based center. Your own church might have that kind of program right at your church campus. Have you been thinking that you would love for your child to learn the beginnings of a new language? If so, consider a bilingual day care.
If you are focused on a day care program that promotes creativity in children, that is also a good option. Or, just go with a traditional child care program that will prepare your child to learn things that will be helpful when he or she enters kindergarten.
No matter the program you select for your child, think of taking him or her to visit the facility before his or her first day. The caregivers will help you to decide whether you should stay with your child at that time, or whether you should stay in a waiting area.