The preschool admission procedure can prove to be a
nightmare for parents if they are not prepared for it. But once you have a
clear idea of it, the entire process will be smooth one. It is always a very
competitive scene in the popular preschools.
The very first thing that the parents are required to do is
to choose the program that they prefer and the schedule that suits them best.
Here it is important to know the concept of a Feeder School.
Those preschools are considered as feeder schools whose directors have a
relationship or tie-up with some of the popular ongoing schools. So, parents
like to get their child admitted in such feeder schools if they wish to later
enroll them in a certain ongoing school.
Here is a brief overview of the preschool
After making the initial decisions, the next step is to
schedule a tour around the preschool and get an application form. The popular
schools give out a limited number of forms so the parents need to be very
careful about the issuing dates and be early to make sure that are able to get
one. So you need to know how you can get the applications form well in advance.
about Lottery (If Any)
There are some schools that conduct a lottery. The parents
should have all the detailed information on this. The best option is to
personally call up or get in touch with the director and know about the dates
that the forms are issued. Most of the applications are given out at the end of
Interview of Child
Most of the preschools call for an interview
with the child. Some term this meeting as a play-date. This is a second
round of screening process after the application forms are sorted out. The
principal objective of this meeting is to ascertain whether the child behaviour
is conducive to their classroom environment. In other words, it is checked if
the child has any behavioural
Second Round of Interview
This is followed by a meeting
with the parents. The purpose is to conduct a background check on the kid
and get necessary additional information related to the child. Some of the
preschools also use this opportunity to talk about possible donations to their
Sending First Choice
It is advisable to send a First Choice Letter along with the
application form. This will maximize the chances of your kid getting admitted
to the respective preschool. This basically assures the preschool that they
will not have an empty seat.
Environment and Choosing the Session
If you are determined to get your kid into a particular
preschool due to its environment, teachers or philosophy, you can consider
applying for the afternoon class. Since majority of the people prefer the
morning sessions, they can turn to the afternoon session if they do not get a
seat in the morning ones. So you can get a priority if you choose the afternoon
session as your first preference.
Once you have a clear idea about the admission procedure, it
is indeed not much of a problem. You just need follow the instructions and act
in time. If you take certain intelligent decisions like sending a First Choice
Letter of opting for the afternoon class if you have already presumed that the
school is in huge demand, you will succeed in enrolling your kid in the
preschool of your choice. But perhaps the most important factor that must not
be ignored is that you need to sure about whether your kid is indeed ready for
a preschool. It is not always the biological age but the mental status of the
child that decides this.