Entering preschool is one of the most memorable firsts in your child's life, and it is a momentous occasion for the whole family. After all, this milestone is your child's stepping stone to learn and discover the big universe out there. It's also a stressful time because no parent wants to make the wrong decision.
While there are many factors to consider when selecting your child's first school, from location to school fees to the "right age," there isn't a right or wrong school. It's about picking one that works for your child and family, one that you feel will leave your child with a good and fun impression of learning. It's a choice that you are satisfied can be an extension of your home.
There are a few reasons why parents decide to enroll children in preschools and child programs as early as 3-6 months or at 1-2 years old. They want to:
see their kids interact with children of the same age
have their kids learn to read and write early
complement home learning with structured and monitored play in a different environment from the home
teach their kids to recognize other people of authority (teachers and other parents) aside from his parents
instill early independence
see them gain more friends
make sure their kids have a productive time learning new things every day
Also, get your documents ready! Here are the usual requirements for most schools (some items may not be required by some schools while others require more documents):
Birth certificate of the child
Baptismal Certificate (for some Catholic schools)
Marriage Certificate (unless single parent or unmarried)
Photo of the child (1x1)
Accomplished Application Form (from the school)
Doctor's certificate (the school usually provides this)
Below is a list of possibilities of preschool education for your child's first school. While many big schools offer preschool levels, these schools have a smaller class population. (Please note that this isn’t an all-encompassing directory. But it can hopefully help you decide how much money to set aside if you’re looking at a particular educational system. Note that the fees included are as of September 2017. The schools are listed randomly.)
1. The Little Apprentice Unit 20-21, 2/F Westgate Hub, Filinvest City Alabang, Muntinlupa City and 5 B, 2/F, Evia Everyday Bldg., Daang Hari Rd., Almanza Dos, Las Pinas City (above Rustans Fresh) The school offers programs and classes for children as young as 1 year old up to 5 years old. Its educational approach is guided by the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) where "teachers meet young children where they are by stage of development."
Annual fees: P106,000 to P130,000 Inquiries: Call Tetet Dy-Tanjuatco (Westgate Hub campus) at 800-6917 and 0917-8978383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; call Rina Montemayor (Evia campus) at 478-6314 and 0917-5006198 or email email@example.com
2. Cambridge Alabang Alabang Town Center Alabang, Muntinlupa City (beside the Spa). View more branches here. This school lets toddlers taking part in meaningful projects while giving back to the community, under the guidance of teachers and parents working together to provide the best preschool experience possible.
Annual fees: P150,000 to P185,000 (inclusive of materials and snacks) Inquiries: Call 659-1387 and 659-1406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free 3-day trial.
3. Ridgefield-Paref and Rosemont School - Paref Hillsborough Subdivision, Cupang, Muntinlupa City (Ridgefield); Champaca cor. Rosal Streets, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City (Rosemont) The schools accept children from 2-5 years old. Education for all PAREF schools involves the home and family. Parents love its home-school collaboration approach and balanced curriculum, a mix of progressive and traditional approach of learning.
Annual fees: For Ridgefield, Pre-Nursery starts at P80,000 and Nursery starts at P113,000. For Rosemont, Pre-Nursery starts at P83,000 and Nursery starts at P115,000 Inquiries: Call 807-7722 (Ridgefield) and 850-6135 (Rosemont) or email email@example.com
4. A-Plus International School 4/L Festival Supermall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City The school accepts children from 1.5 to 5.5 years old. Its curriculum is based on Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences (MI) Theory paired with an intensive dual-language program focused on English and Mandarin.
Annual fees: P80,000 to P105,000 Inquiries: Call 772-1662 to 63 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
5. The Little Gym Mezzanine, Autozentrum BMW Center Commerce Avenue & Madrigal Avenue Alabang, Muntinlupa The school accepts children from 4 months to 6 years old and follows a learning curriculum of physical activities and exercises that foster life skills, sustained concentration and problem-solving abilities and creativity.
Annual fees: Starts at P125,000 Inquiries: Read up on their classes here. Call 850-4060 or 850-4061
6. Toddlers Unlimited 4th level Festival Supermall Filinvest Corporate City Alabang, Muntinlupa City The school offers a progressive approach to learning for children from 3 months to 5 years old. The school follows a process-oriented way of teaching: the teacher provides materials and tools for the children to use for play and education.
Annual fees: P500 per session (for Baby and Me class) to P125,000 Inquiries: Call 850-4064 and 0917-8982557 or email email@example.com
7. The Learning Child School 111 Cordillera Street, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City This Catholic school offers programs and classes for children ages 2 to 6 years old. It also offers after-school, auxiliary and summer programs.
Annual fees: Starts at P150,000 (inclusive of basic school and miscellaneous fees) Inquiries: Call 850-3852 and 850-4852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org