Most of you will be happy to know that we have put together a list of available Preschools in the Brickell & Key Biscayne communities. We have also gone an extra mile and researched different preschools to allow you to make better decisions. For moms with older kiddos, we are including a list of schools (most of which are unfortunately not physically located in our community!) Visit their websites or call them to schedule your visit, most of the schools are having open house dates in December and January!
Most experts agree that you should think about choosing a school the same way you would think about finding a new job or a new pediatrician for your child. In either situation you would expect to invest lots of time and energy in making the right decision. You would ask around, go on interviews, and seek the advice of others. The same goes for preschools and schools. The intention on this guide is to help you through that process. Even though we have made every effort to give you all the info available and have added a few facts about some of the schools, particularly the Brickell community. (Key Biscayne is soon coming!) we encourage every mom, first time moms as well as experienced moms to share their views and experiences on school selection via facebook.
Let’s start! Most of you will probably based your decision on cost, distance from your home or work, environment, cleanliness, teacher to student ratio, staff turnover, and other basic factors.
But that’s not all. One thing I think is very important is finding out the school’s philosophy on educating children. The fundamental principle they subscribe to may be traditional or a hybrid; it may follow the teachings and ideas of Jean Piagét, Rudolf Steiner, Maria Montessori, Reggio Emilia, etc. Whatever its leanings, it’s important that the preschools/schools have a plan in mind for how to teach and care for its students, and that you agree with the general drift of its philosophy.
Furthermore and according to our educational contributor and expert, Valeria Fontanals, it is also crucial to consider if the school is offering the tools to prepare your child for his or her future. Please read her article below and consider all those aspects when making your decision.
Finally and most important, my recommendation to you as a mom would be – trust your instincts!. A school may boast new books and toys, have wonderful new classrooms, meet your budget, but if it doesn’t feel right then it isn’t. It’s essential that you feel comfortable with the school’s director as well as the teachers. At its best, this should be a comforting and productive partnership. Good luck!