Sending your first child to preschool can be just as scary for you as it is for them to leave your side each day. How can you ensure that your child is just as well-off while in preschool as they are when they are with you? Here, you'll find a few tips to help keep your child safe, healthy, and happy during this exciting time.

Small Class Size

The number of students in the classroom will play a big role in how well the first year of preschool goes. Not only does it make it easier for the teachers to provide one-to-one instruction for the children, but it also helps to reduce the chances of your child falling ill due to germs being spread throughout the class. Take the time to contact different preschools in your area to learn the average class size, as well as the number of teachers and aids working with the children. This will help you eliminate some of the options off of the list.

Current Vaccinations

Be sure that your child is up-to-date with their vaccinations. Discuss your child's vaccination history with a pediatrician and ensure that everything is current. This should also include the flu vaccine each year.

Talk with the preschool about their vaccination requirements. Some schools require each student to be current in their vaccinations, others will not. Know that keeping your child current in vaccinations will not only protect him or her and your family, but vaccinations will also protect the other kids in the class. Some children are unable to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons – don't let your kid go unvaccinated and put those students at risk.

Donate Classroom Supplies

One thing that a lot of people don't consider is how much it costs to provide each classroom with the things that they need each day. So, to ensure that your child's classroom is as clean as possible, send in some classroom cleaning supplies. This could include Clorox wipes, disinfecting spray, tissues, hand sanitizer, and hand soap.

This can be a very exciting time for your family – take your time to find the perfect preschool and take care of preparing your child for a new experience. Hopefully, your family's first year of preschool goes swimmingly and everyone stays healthy and enjoys the experience. It is all about careful selection and preparation – and it's never too early to start researching the schools in your area.