While we were in Italy, we checked out the neighborhood asilo nido (preschool). Let me tell you a thing or two! How different the system is in Italy! After the insanity of trying to get into a “good” preschool in Los Angeles, I was dumbfounded at the simplicity of the enrollment process in Italy.
- Step 1: Call and make an appointment to visit the asilo.
- Step 2: Visit the asilo.
- Step 3: Be amazed at how incredible the facilities and educational programs are.
- Step 4: Decide you’d like your child to attend.
No twenty-page application. No family photo for prescreening/profiling purposes. No lengthy interviews for you or your child. No need to tell the preschool where you “summer.” Nothing. All the children that attend the preschool have up to date vaccinations (required in Italy), and I can’t even begin to tell you how beautiful and clean, clean, clean the asilo was. Moreover, it was a private preschool that costs…. wait for it…. Just about $300 Euro (less if you aren’t attending full time)!!!!
It was incredible! And if you decide you’d like your child to attend… GET THIS: the coordinator will take out a binder and write your child’s name (in actual pen) for the date you’d like to start. THAT IS IT!!!! You’re in. My mouth was left hanging open at the ease of enrollment. Of course, when you start, you’ll have to provide your information, payment, and immunization records, but that is nothing compared to the application processes here in Los Angeles.
For me, this is how I always imagined preschool enrollment: easy, simple, and non-stressful. What an experience!