Most big schools nowadays require their incoming Pre-K to attend at least 6 months of Nursery or Playschools, and I am one of those mommies who are having second thoughts about sending our babies (yes, babies!) to schools early. You can read about my thoughts about this here.
However, many mommies of the millennials, I would like Baby Charley to have a good foundation that will prepare for our target big school, and life in general. My roommate (my husband, btw) and I have had discussions on this and we're on the process of discerning whether or not to send Baby Charley to a playschool this school year.
I think Charley would benefit from early socialization and interaction with other kids her age while learning things we may not be able to teach her on our own. On the other hand, my roommate feels that Charley is just too young for school. Period.
We do acknowledge, however, that soon (or probably next year) Charley will be attending a playschool in preparation for our target big school. Here are some of our non-negotiables.
1. Location and schedule.
As much as possible, the playschool should be in or near Makati or Taguig, so Charley won't get tired during her travel time.
Moreover, we also prefer playschools that are flexible in schedules. I know some schools offer a 5x, 3x, or 2x schedules for toddlers, and th
ese options are really important to us. Personally, our family prefers a twice a week schedule because it gives Charley enough time to rest.
Big schools and playschools follow different approaches in their curriculum - traditional, progressive, and montessori. You can read about those approaches here. The big school we're eyeing for Charley is an example of a traditional school; however, as much as possible we wish that her playschool should have a balance among the three approaches. I don't know how it's possible, but we have this notion that playschools should be fun for kids without sacrificing the essentials.
In our case, we just want Baby Charley to reach her milestones appropriate for her age and to be less sungit at home. Believe me, we have no plans of making her a Promil-baby!
Teachers can make or break a student, and are the strongest reasons why a student would like to attend school. One of the mommies I talked to had teachers on the top of her priorities for her daughter.
We're not looking for the best teacher ever. I believe Mommies simply want a teacher who loves and is passionate about what she's doing.
So far, here are some of the schools we have in mind. We're scheduling a visit to each of them, and I'll update you through my blog and future posts, Mommies, as soon as possible. For the mean time, I have provided a link to their websites and contact details so you can check on the schools, too.
2/F Three Salcedo Place
123 Tordesillas St., Salcedo Village, Makati
2.Colors and Shapes Learning Center
Ground Flr. Unit G8
Prince Plaza Condominium
106 Legazpi St., Makati City
3. 9th Avenue School
M/F Active Fun Bldg., 9th AVe cor 28th Street
Bonficaio Global City, Taguig
4. MindChamps International Pre-school
Penthouse Level, Jecoprime Building
20th Drive, McKinley Business Park
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
5. Summit School
University Parkway cor 38th Drive
Bonifacio Global CIty
16 Sta Potenciana St. Urdaneta Village, Makati City
6. Little Archers Learning Center
1012 Arnaiz Avenue
San Lorenzo Village, Makati
Please let me know if you have other playschools in mind, too. Thank you, Mommies! :)