By Keri Stoltz, Franchise Owner at Primrose School of Midtown at Colony Square
Moving to a new city is often as stressful as it is exciting, especially when it comes to managing major life changes like starting a new job or finding housing. For parents of young children, finding a new child care provider is often at the top of the to-do list when relocating — and it’s a process that can be agonizing even for lifelong residents of a city.
Finding local providers online and getting childcare recommendations from any metro Atlanta connections like friends, family, co-workers or your pediatrician are natural ways to begin your search. Their experiences will give you a good starting point, however, keep in mind that what they want for their child may not be the same as what you want for yours.
Once you have a list of options, go through the following steps to help narrow it down:
There is no factor more important to your decision than your impression when you visit a preschool or provider. Many parents can tell if a school is right for their family based on how they and their child are greeted, how the children attending are interacting and how their questions are answered by the teacher or school director.
Even if you have a strong gut feeling, there are a few key questions you’ll want to ask either over the phone or as you tour the provider. The whole experience of searching for childcare can be overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to write down your questions ahead of time or keep a running list in your phone to ensure you don’t forget to ask something that is important to you.
Below are five topics that are important to ask about when evaluating your childcare options in metro Atlanta:
Primrose Schools in the Atlanta area accept children from 6 weeks old through pre-K with select schools offering private kindergarten, as well as before and after-school programs and summer camps for school-age children.
The Primrose Balanced Learning approach nurtures children’s intellectual, creative, physical and social-emotional development through a balance of purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers. To learn more about the 40 schools in metro Atlanta visit primroseschools.com/atlanta. For more helpful parenting tips and information, visit primroseschools.com/blog and sign up for the Pointers for Parents newsletter.