Preschool Site Visit Checklist

Making a site visit is one of the most critical steps of finding a preschool. Here is a preschool site visit checklist full of questions to ask and things to observe.

Picking a quality preschool program that’s perfect for your tot can be done in a few easy steps. But now that you’ve done the research and selected a few programs in your area, the last step is to pay a visit to evaluate the program for yourself in person.

So what should you look for when you visit? Are there certain questions to ask when visiting a preschool? You bet. We’ve put together this preschool checklist for parents with information and resources to help you out:

Questions and observations

  • Are there items – pictures, posters, etc. – at the children’s eye level?
  • Are there areas of interest for the kids, like specific science and art exploration areas?
  • Is there a routine? Young children really need routine and repetition. You can ask if there is, but it’s also good to observe. There should be a warning ahead of time when kids transition from activity to activity.
  • Are there “professional development opportunities” for the staff?
  • Do you see the facility’s license?
  • Is the environment clean and safe?
  • Are the adults and children interacting with each other?
  • Are kids bringing food in or is food being served? If being served, does it appear wholesome and nutritious?
  • How are the children being grouped, if there are different age groups in the class?
  • What’s the child-to-adult ratio?
  • Are there nap times? Is there a balance between active and quiet times?
  • Ask if the instructors do assessments of the students and their development.
  • Does the facility have information packets ready for parents?
  • Do they seem organized?
  • When asking the instructors questions, are they defensive or offended by certain questions?
  • What qualifications do the instructors have? Get tips on what to look for in the “Tips For Picking The Perfect Preschool” feature.
  • When can parents visit?
  • How much do they charge?
  • How does the provider discipline, if they do?
  • Do those working at the facility have up-to-date CPR/first aid training?
  • See if you can talk to other parents about how they and their child like the program and facility.

Get a printable checklist you can fill out before and during your preschool search. Visit the list on Great Start To Quality.

This post was originally published in 2013 and is updated regularly.

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