While we continue to wait for normal life to resume, many aspects of life before COVID-19 are beginning to slowly come back. This can put some in a difficult situation- with more parents increasingly being called back to work, how will they handle childcare? Is now the right time to send a child back to Preschool? Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. To help you decide, these are some of the major considerations and challenges facing preschools over the next couple of months.
Continuing COVID-19 Challenges within Preschools
1. Maintaining cleanliness
Schools are now required to go to great lengths to keep their facilities clean and sanitary. This means a lot of extra time and effort should now be spent cleaning on a daily basis. The city has laid out strict regulations for cleaning and it is of utmost importance that the preschool you choose is placing a priority on cleanliness!
2. Reduced class sizes
Many preschools have reopened, but most with smaller class sizes to help maintain social distancing. This means you’ll be facing a tougher challenge than ever before when attempting to get your child accepted into programs. We suggest staying in close contact with the preschools you’re interested in, to understand their acceptance numbers and enrollment capabilities.
3. Limited classroom activities
Another challenge is maintaining sanitary conditions and social distance within the classroom environment, while still offering ample stimulating and educational activities. Many schools have been forced to alter day to day schedules and curriculum in order to remain in regulation. This can adversely change the educational experience, and it is important to ask questions about new and best practices within the preschools you are applying to.
4. In-person learning is not risk free
While the population of vaccinated individuals continues to grow, there is a level of risk involved in in-person learning. Even with strict regulations and cleaning schedules, there’s just no way of preventing sickness 100%. This can be of concern to households with high-risk members, such as the elderly or people with compromised immune systems.
While there are many more factors to consider when choosing in-person or remote learning, Playgarden Prep offers both! Contact us today for in-person learning options or Online preschool!