Questions to Ask a Preschool Teacher

The first thing about parenting which one should always remember is that there aren’t enough books or blogs one can read to be prepared for everything, you have to learn and improvise along the way. “Always expect the unexpected” is a phrase that comes closest to helping you be prepared.

Parents have many questions and worries especially for the duration their child is at preschool, as that’s the only time the child is out of their sight. Hence, it is best to regularly speak to the teachers at the preschool to not only take feedback but to also share your opinions and concerns with them. For instance, if your child is throwing tantrums more than usual at home, confirm if the same happens at school. If the teacher says that she has not seen such a behavior at school then you know that it is something at home which is causing this behavior and hence you look for the root cause and work on correcting it.

Here is a list of questions you should ask your child’s preschool teacher:

  • Ask how your child is doing socially, i.e., is he/ she or engaging with peers appropriately for his age or not, if he/ she is sharing toys or not and who his/ her friends are.
  • Ask if your child is reacting to situations appropriately or not. If he/ she is happy when he makes a new friend and if he/ she cries when a peer takes his/ her toys.
  • Find out what his/her favorite activity is at preschool and if he/ she is participating in all the activities or not.
  • Ask how your child responds to classroom rules and procedures and if he/ she easily complies with them easily or only after sufficient reminders.
  • Ask what methods of disciplining children are used at the preschool and what seems to work for your child so you can follow the same at home.
  • Ask how is your child progressing with his cognitive skills like counting, colors and learning alphabets.
  • How is your child doing with self-help skills like washing his own hands after a meal?
  • Ask what the teacher thinks about your child’s area of interest, regarding any particular skill or a talent which he/ she could hone.
  • Ask them what areas they believe your child needs to work on.
  • Are there any concerns that the teacher deems necessary should be run by the child’s pediatrician.
  • If you have any particular issue like sibling rivalry or even potty training, take tips from the teachers.

We also believe that attending preschool events and taking part in any activities like the annual day is a good way to stay in touch with the teacher and thereby keep tabs on the progress your child is making in preschool. It is also essential to attend a preschool parent-teacher meeting with an open mind and positive attitude to create an optimal partnership with your child’s teacher and baking the occasional batch of cookies for the class goes a long way.

19 thoughts on “Questions to Ask a Preschool Teacher

  • August 7, 2018 at 1:44 pm
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    These are great question samples, as somethings when we have our school meetings we are not sure what it the correct thing to ask.

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  • August 7, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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    Times have changed so much since my ids were little. Early childhood education wasn’t even really a thing back then. Sure my kids went to pre-school, but it was more as a daycare option. Things are so intense these days it makes my head spin.

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  • August 7, 2018 at 2:18 pm
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    Great article. I always believe in teachers that teaches my kids. They always offer so much more than we expected. Not easy at all to be a teacher and I have so much respect for them.

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  • August 7, 2018 at 4:44 pm
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    Parenting is a continous learning experience. The questions are helpful in giving direction and focus.

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  • August 7, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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    It’s always important to be involved with your children’s schooling, especially at preschool as this will form their coming school years. Thanks for sharing.

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  • August 7, 2018 at 8:03 pm
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    I love this!! I was so excited when it came to parent teacher when my kids where in school that I totally forgot the list of questions I wanted to go over! Good call on the easy to follow list!!

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  • August 7, 2018 at 8:40 pm
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    It can be so hard to have a child attend school at such a young age. My friend has a 4 year old and these are great questions for her to explore.

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  • August 7, 2018 at 8:56 pm
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    I like this! I wish I had asked more of these when my kids went to preschool. I did always go to the events!

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  • August 8, 2018 at 2:28 am
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    I salute to those teacher that they can take our kids! because a side for teaching they also do some better activity fun for kids!

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  • August 8, 2018 at 2:58 am
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    Thanks for these helpful suggestions! My kids are grown but they have children that are pre-school age and I will definitely share this with them.

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  • August 8, 2018 at 10:13 am
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    I think that more parents should be interested in how their child is behaving at school, because it might be different than he does at home. By asking questions and being interested, the parents can help the child with being more confident or helping him overcome different situations that he might be scared of (for example bullies in school).

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  • August 8, 2018 at 1:32 pm
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    I understand when you are a parent you are going to do whatever makes your child active in school. Pre school is a crucial stage. These questions are helpful indeed.

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  • August 8, 2018 at 3:38 pm
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    These are great questions. Parents to any aged children should ask questions when meeting their teachers, especially about their interaction with peers, how they react to situations, and the teacher’s thoughts on interests. I interact with so many parents that don’t ever ask me any questions, and conversations and questions are so important in monitoring the development of your child.

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  • August 8, 2018 at 5:58 pm
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    Such a great articles, I do believe that teachers teaches our kids from school and I know kids learn from them but it is still important to ask questions most especially when it comes to progression of our child.

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  • August 8, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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    I was a preschool teacher for ten years. These would be some great questions to have been asked! Great insight, thank you so much for sharing and educating parents.

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  • August 9, 2018 at 1:05 am
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    so happy to be able to read your post today. saving this for later when my daughter goes to school.

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  • August 10, 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Thanks for sharing these Q & A. I’ll keep this in mind when I already have a kid for preschool.

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  • August 13, 2018 at 6:00 am
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    The list of the questions are indeed those FAQ that one would ask their preschool teacher.. Great list.. haha~

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  • August 15, 2018 at 3:46 am
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    As an educator, I recognize the importance of maintaining open communication with your child’s teacher. These are some great discussion questions for parents to ask.

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