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Preschool Checklist

Preschool Checklist

As a parent, sending your child to preschool can be a big decision. You want to make sure they are ready for this new experience and have the skills they need to succeed. That’s where a preschool readiness checklist can come in handy. By using a checklist, you can assess your child’s skills and determine if they are ready for preschool.

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The preschool readiness checklist covers a variety of areas, including social, motor, reasoning, language, reading, writing, math, science, personal, and social skills. By checking off each skill, you can get a better understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. This can help you prepare them for preschool and set them up for success in the classroom.

If you’re not sure where to start, there are many resources available online to help you create a preschool readiness checklist. You can also talk to your child’s pediatrician or preschool teacher for guidance. By taking the time to assess your child’s skills and prepare them for preschool, you can help ensure they have a positive and successful experience.

Essential Items Checklist

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As a preschool teacher, I know how important it is to have the right supplies to create a safe and educational environment for young learners. Here is a checklist of essential items that every preschool classroom should have.

Furniture and Storage

Furniture and storage are essential for creating a comfortable and organized classroom. Here are some items to consider:

  • Child-sized tables and chairs
  • Bookshelves and storage bins for toys and materials
  • Cubbies or lockers for each child to store their belongings
  • Mats or rugs for nap time

Learning Materials

Learning materials are the heart of any preschool classroom. Here are some items to consider:

  • Art supplies, including crayons, markers, paint, and paper
  • Manipulatives, such as blocks, puzzles, and play dough
  • Books, including picture books and board books
  • Musical instruments, such as shakers and rhythm sticks
  • Science materials, such as magnifying glasses and sensory bins

Safety Equipment

Safety is a top priority in any preschool classroom. Here are some items to consider:

  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher and smoke detectors
  • Outlet covers and cabinet locks
  • Non-slip mats and rugs
  • Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies

Play Area Essentials

Play is an important part of the preschool experience. Here are some items to consider:

  • Climbing structures and slides
  • Sand and water tables
  • Dress-up clothes and props
  • Outdoor play equipment, such as balls and jump ropes

Daily Routine

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As a preschool teacher, I know that having a structured daily routine is essential for creating a positive learning environment. In this section, I will outline some of the key activities and procedures that I follow in my preschool classroom.

Morning Activities

The morning is a crucial time for setting the tone for the rest of the day. I like to start the day with some quiet activities, such as reading books or doing puzzles, to help the children ease into the day. We then move on to more active play, such as outdoor time or gross motor activities, to help the children burn off some energy.

Naptime Procedures

Naptime is an important part of the day for preschoolers, as it helps them recharge and stay focused for the rest of the day. I have a specific routine that I follow to help the children settle down for naptime. This includes dimming the lights, playing soft music, and providing each child with a comfortable nap mat and blanket.

Mealtime Routines

Mealtime is another important part of the day, as it provides an opportunity for the children to socialize and practice their table manners. I like to have the children help me set the table and serve themselves family-style. This encourages them to try new foods and take ownership of their mealtime experience.

Afternoon Schedule

In the afternoon, I like to provide a mix of quiet and active activities to help the children wind down from the day. This might include some more structured learning activities, such as circle time or a science experiment, followed by some free play time to allow the children to explore their own interests.

Health and Hygiene

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As a preschool teacher, I understand the importance of maintaining a clean and healthy environment for my students. Here are some essential health and hygiene practices that I follow in my classroom.

Sanitization Practices

I make sure to sanitize all surfaces, toys, and equipment regularly using a bleach solution or sanitizing spray. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sanitizing reduces the number of germs on surfaces to levels considered safe by public health codes or regulations. I also encourage my students to wash their hands frequently, especially before and after meals, after using the bathroom, and after playing outside.

Toileting Essentials

Toilet training is an important milestone for preschoolers, and I make sure to provide them with the necessary tools and resources to succeed. I have child-sized toilets and step stools in the bathroom, as well as plenty of toilet paper and hand soap. I also teach my students proper toileting hygiene, such as wiping front to back and flushing the toilet after use.

Sick Policy

I have a strict sick policy in my classroom to prevent the spread of illness. If a student has a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or other symptoms of illness, I ask that they stay home until they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours. I also encourage parents to keep their children home if they have been exposed to a contagious illness or if they are not feeling well.

Educational Goals

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As a preschool teacher, I believe that setting educational goals for young children is crucial for their development. Here are some of the key areas that I focus on when setting goals for my students:

Cognitive Development

Cognitive development is an essential aspect of preschool education. By setting goals in this area, we can help children develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Some of the cognitive goals I set for my students include learning shapes, colors, and numbers, recognizing letters and their sounds, and developing their vocabulary.

Social Skills

Preschool is an excellent time for children to start developing their social skills. I set goals in this area to help children learn how to interact with others, take turns, share, and communicate their needs and feelings effectively. I also encourage my students to develop empathy and respect for others.

Physical Activities

Physical activities are essential for young children’s development. I set goals to help children develop their gross motor skills, such as running, jumping, and climbing, as well as their fine motor skills, such as holding a pencil and cutting with scissors. I also encourage my students to develop good habits, such as proper hygiene and healthy eating.

Creative Play

Creative play is an important aspect of preschool education. By setting goals in this area, we can help children develop their imagination, creativity, and self-expression. Some of the creative goals I set for my students include drawing, painting, and building with blocks. I also encourage my students to explore music, dance, and drama.

Communication with Parents

As a preschool teacher, I understand the importance of maintaining open communication with parents. It helps to build trust and ensures that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the well-being and education of the children. Here are some ways I ensure effective communication with parents:

Information Sharing

I make sure to share important information with parents regularly. This includes updates on their child’s progress, upcoming events, and any changes to the daily routine. I also use a communication notebook where parents can write down any concerns or questions they may have. This helps to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.

Parental Involvement

I encourage parents to be involved in their child’s education by volunteering in the classroom, attending parent-teacher conferences, and participating in school events. This helps to create a sense of community and allows parents to see firsthand what their child is learning.

Emergency Contact Procedures

In case of an emergency, I make sure to have up-to-date contact information for all parents. I also have a clear plan in place for how to handle emergency situations and communicate with parents. This includes having a designated meeting spot and a system for contacting parents quickly and efficiently.

Staff Requirements

As a preschool owner, I understand the importance of having qualified and well-trained staff to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children. Here are the staff requirements that I recommend for any preschool:


All staff members should meet the minimum qualifications set by the state licensing agency. These qualifications usually include a high school diploma or equivalent, CPR and first aid certification, and a criminal background check. Some states may also require additional education or experience in early childhood education.


Continuing education and training are essential for maintaining the quality of a preschool program. I recommend that all staff members receive ongoing training in areas such as child development, behavior management, and health and safety. This training can be provided through workshops, conferences, or online courses.

Teacher-to-Child Ratios

Maintaining appropriate teacher-to-child ratios is crucial for ensuring that each child receives individual attention and care. The ratios may vary depending on the age of the children and the state licensing requirements. For example, in my state, the ratio for infants is 1:4, while for preschoolers, it is 1:10.

Regulatory Compliance

As a preschool provider, it’s important to ensure that you are meeting all regulatory requirements to maintain compliance. There are two key areas to focus on: licensing requirements and inspection readiness.

Licensing Requirements

To obtain and maintain a license, you must meet certain requirements set by your state or local government. These requirements may include background checks for staff, minimum staff-to-child ratios, and health and safety standards.

It’s important to stay up-to-date with any changes to licensing requirements and ensure that your center is in compliance. I recommend creating a checklist of all licensing requirements and reviewing it regularly to ensure that you’re meeting all standards.

Inspection Readiness

In addition to meeting licensing requirements, you must also be prepared for inspections from licensing agencies. Inspections typically cover areas such as health and safety, staff qualifications, and curriculum.

To ensure that your center is inspection-ready, I recommend creating an inspection readiness checklist. This should include items such as ensuring that all staff have completed required training, that all necessary paperwork is up-to-date and organized, and that your center is clean and well-maintained.