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I'm considering a sessional preschool as my primary child care option. What should I look for?

If you’ve decided that a sessional preschool is the best choice for you, then there are a few things you need to make sure of before you choose which one. These include:

That the local HSE (Health Services Executive) centre has been notified of it.
That it is a warm and welcoming place, and that it’s well equipped, clean and safe.
That there are sufficient toys and equipment for the children, and that they are in good repair.
That staff are well trained, and experienced, and that there are enough for the number of children in attendance.

Last, but not least, that there is a well thought out education program that is balanced.
If all of these factors have been addressed, and you like a particular school that suits your budget and your location, then you have probably found the right sessional preschool for you.

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