What to look for when touring a preschool

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When you're first looking at Preschools, I think, as a parent, it's really good to put yourself in the child's position. Say to yourself, as a child, "Would I really have fun here?" Would your child really have fun there? Look at the kids' faces when you are taking a tour. Do they seem happy? Are the teachers engaged with them? For me, it's all about environment, too. It's a big, big part of that. I know my family values determine if I like clean and organized versus crazy and chaotic. It says a lot about the quality of care that your child is going to get. You can also look at teacher ratios; how many staff are in the actual room with the child. Qualifications, is good. Talk to the teachers. I also think that should talk to parents that have similar parenting styles. Ask them questions, if they like the school and what they do like about it. See if that would be a good fit for your family. Discipline, I think is another determining factor. Is there discipline policy similar to yours?

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Australian native Renae Plant saved Los Angeles-based Camelot Preschool on February 14, 2008 along with a handful of parents who believed that Camelot should remain a community preschool. Over the years, Camelot has flourished under her leadership as owner/director. Renae improved the campus with eco-friendly bamboo floors, synthetic grass, themed sand castle and play structures. Her biggest accomplishment was turning a run-down shed, in record time, into an eco-friendly, open plan classroom with natural skylights and a special indoor/outdoor feel. Most recently she planned and added a Kindergarten Program to compliment the school and continues to implement new exciting parent involvement programs as well as Music, Spanish, Yoga and Sign Language.  She oversees the day-to-day running of Camelot as well as juggling her hubby Livinio and three kids, Ilan, Mateo and Deklan, (all of whom attended Camelot) and her bump maternity clothing line.

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