As you prepare to open your home preschool you may be wondering do parents really want a home preschool? It may seem that a facility preschool would be the better choice. But is it?
When you think of home what words come to mind? Warm, cozy, family, comfortable…
How about when you think of a facility preschool? Lots of box-like rooms, an expensive building, “school-like” feel. They don’t exactly give you a comfy and cozy vibe.
A home preschool can feel small, cozy, and warm and because it is in a home it feels like a place where family belongs. It feels like someplace parents want their child to be.
As things continue to get more and more scary in the world, with the threat of violence and danger at public schools, parents become concerned. They want to hold back, pull in the reins, circle the wagons, so to speak. They tend to want to have their children in smaller environments, but they also want a place they can trust.
Is A Home Preschool Professional?
A home preschool may be cozy and inviting, but can it be professional? Can you, as a home preschool owner, offer the same kind of professionalism found in a facility preschool? The answer is yes! From the very beginning of your preschool, from the advertising to the tours to communication and everything else in between, build a level of professionalism into it.
5 Ways To Make Your Home Preschool Professional
1. Free field trips—Schedule several field trips throughout your school year and offer them free to not just the students, but also to their entire family. Most field trips are either free or low cost for a large group. The field trips that cost money are easily paid for with the student’s registration fees.
2. Free family events—Family events, like a fall festival, a huge Christmas party, and a Fun Run in the spring will not only make your home preschool feel more professional, but will also help to foster the feeling of family that makes your preschool experience so valuable to the families you serve.
3. Communication—Always let your parents know how their child is doing in their studies. You can send home progress reports, print out certificates for accomplishments, and, of course, relay any concerns you may have about their child’s progress.
4. Calendar—Provide a yearly calendar at the beginning of the school year and a monthly calendar at the start of each month. Be sure to quickly and clearly communicate any changes to the calendar.
5. Premier Education—Follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines in all your classroom activities. Provide periodic assessments of every student. Ensure your entire staff is trained in how to teach the curriculum and also in health and safety procedures.
With these systems in place your home preschool will be perceived as professional. And adding professionalism to the cozy, home-like feeling of your home preschool will give your parents the preschool they want.