I never knew preschool touring could be exhausting. I mean…nights of reading through various preschool curriculum and programs was bad enough but physically being there to tour, ask questions, access if your child likes the environment and needing to go through the exercise all over again at every new destination you arrive at? I need more than a good cuppa coffee and cake!
Thankfully I had a gf and her kind husband who offered to ferry us around today so that really saved us on needing to fiddle around with public transport. And how this even started was so last minute and random. It all began with a text message from another mummy friend whom I wanted to put my kid in the same preschool with, saying that the vacancies in that school were filling up fast. Me and the said-gf intended to tour the school on the coming Monday, and then after some prompting and nudging by her husband on how we got to be fast before we end up with no schools, we decided Friday this week. And then after the text message from kind mummy friend #2, today was the day.
With dragon babies stats at 42,300 (an all time high) vs preschool stats of 1000+, I knew I couldn’t NOT be ‘kiasu’ (can’t afford to miss out on opportunities) if I wanted a place which we were comfortable with. I needed to start putting our names at the back of most wait list even if the school didn’t interest me as much – do first, think later.
It was very interesting to observe Liam however, when we did our random preschool tour today. And even more interesting to find out that me & my gf shared similar sentiments after being spoken to. The school that we had deliberately rushed for, prep with all paper work needed turned out not being the top option on our list. And the ‘slightly branded’ school which impressed our socks with its outdoors and program (it had us listening attentively all the way)? If we’re prepared to pay that sort of money we might as well consider the one with the size of 19 basketball courts for just $100 more.
In the end, it was a school that wasn’t even on both our agendas/list/consideration previously that won us over. A school we visited by chance since we were around the vicinity. A school that was unassuming and filled with happy kids and friendly teachers. I was also amazed at how Liam almost didn’t need me to cuddle him up during the duration spent there as he went on his own, peeping in different classrooms and exploring the place. There was a water play, sand play, growing their own vegetable garden sorta thing – awesome. Icing on the cake? Affordability. Cherry on the top? A parent who has her son there has been corresponding with me in detail telling me how wonderful it’s been that even though she’s moved further into the East, she has no qualms keeping her son at the school due to the teachers and environment and zilch fight incidents. And the delicious in-house cooked food with no msg. And the firm yet loving discipline implemented.
I’m sold. I think I have somewhat experienced a revelation of “expecting the unexpected. God has the best things planned out for us. Do not worry” kinda aura.
For a lazy-ass mum, I hope to eventually compile (some useful information for mums who might be in similar shoes) how I am going about preschool research and selection,as pampered as I’ve been with little man’s playgroups so far…managed to find a compromise which I’ve grown to be contented with. It is tempting, as I’m introduced to more playgroup vs. montessori approach vs. reggio emilia but at least after doing what my other awesome mummy friends have been telling me to – go and visit and have a feel of the school – I now know what to look out for.
Time to bake! I need a good treat after today’s little workout.