My daughter attends a pre-school now. I'm thinking about changing her school next fall. I've been disappointed with the communication home. It is hard to even ask a question at drop off or pick up. However Caitlin is happy there and likes her teachers. Her school is more expensive than others in town but I thought I would get more for my money than at other pre-schools. When I took the tour last year, I was told that even though there would be 24 kids at school(there is actually 29 kids), they would be in small groups of 6 child in a group. They do go in small groups but only for about 10-15 minutes during there circle time. Most of the time they are in big groups doing activities together. The small group aspect was the major selling point for me. Caitlin is shy and I thought the small group setting would help her.
The pre-school I'm thinking of switching to, has a maximum of 21 children and three teachers. It is significantly less expensive than her current school. We have the money saved (from tax refund) so it is not a huge issue but saving money is good too. The prospective school seems more receptive to discussing issues at pickup and drop off. I've talked to a mom of a current student to confirm this fact. The school does more field trips. They are able to walk to the fire station, police station, and library. They also have guest speakers like the mail carrier and a dental hygienist.
So what is the issue you ask. I'm concerned that switching her school might cause an already shy girl to be even more shy and unhappy because she misses her old school. Not all her friends are staying at her current pre-school either. I'm not the only one who was disappointed with the school. I wonder if the smaller setting might help her to be less shy. Academically I think the schools are about even. I just want Caitlin to be happy. I'm not sure what to do. What would you do?