Check the legitimacy
Verify that the preschool is registered with the departments of basic education, health and social services, and that it has a licence to operate.This ensures that it is genuine and legitimate.“The registration implies that representatives from these departments can do spontaneous visits to inspect the facilities, and make sure that they comply with the law,” Dr Seabi explains.
Teaching and training
A good facility will usually invite parents to get to know the school while deciding on enrolment. But, it’s also up to you to take the initiative. “Make an appointment with the cre`che, and have a conversation with those in charge,” advises educational psychologist Dr Mubi Mavuso. “Ask about, and discuss, the school’s policy thoroughly,” she adds. “Ask about the qualifications and experience of teachers, and the curriculum. Find out if the school empowers its teachers about early childhood learning and development matters by, for example, organising or attending workshops to upgrade themselves educationally,” Dr Mavuso continues.
“Also, ask how the school embraces inclusivity, and how it accommodates children who learn differently or have disabilities,” she adds. Dr Seabi points out that although there is a growing trend among parents who want their children to speak English as a first language, it is crucial that educators or caretakers be able to speak in the mother tongue of children, where possible.