Would you mind child going to Pre-school with home visits?
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Chet - posted on 09/05/2014
I'd have no problem with this sort of thing. Years ago, it was common for the kindergarten teacher to visit each home before school started to meet the child and the family, and to establish a connection between home and school.
Our kids go to a small neighbourhood school. I think the community connection is really nice... I feel very lucky to have our kids at a school that isn't so institutional, and our think that our kids benefit a lot from it.
Last year the gym teacher used to walk our kids home on Fridays. She was actually walking some other kids to daycare after an after school club ended ended, but our kids would tag along and she'd swing past our house.
One of our kids invited her teacher to her birthday party twice. The kids were all thrilled to have the teacher come, and the teacher helped a lot with some of the students from her class who weren't socially strong.
The principal actually had to pick something up our house this morning that we were loaning to the school, and then our kids caught a ride with him instead of walking today.
Sarah - posted on 09/03/2014
If your preschool has a state funded grant for kids to attend preschool (here all 4 yr olds go to preschool free due to a state funded grant), part of that grant states that the teacher must have 1 or 2 (can't remember if it is 1 or 2) home visits with all their students in the preschool. Sometimes it is a school's policy as a way of connecting with families and making the schooling a family connection (this is especially true when you live in a high needs area). So there could be different reasons why they do the home visits. As a parent you have to do what you feel is best for your child, but instead of just switching without knowing the whole story I would ask some questions first. There might be a simple explanation to your questions. Also take into consideration that other schools may also do the same. For example if it is a state funded grant and that grant is requiring home visits then any preschool that accepts that grant will be required to do home visits. Also many schools don't notify parents when a teacher quits. Usually a week or so before school starts you get a letter from the teacher letting the child (and the family) know that they are the child's teacher. I do understand that this situation is a bit different since the teacher had sent out a correspondence to you, but then was not the child's teacher a month later. Ask some questions to the school. Then if you don't feel comfortable with their answers look at other schools.
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