Nowadays, many pre-schools admit children at 2 years or 2 years+, but the question is if your child actually ready for playschool.
Most preschools will start accepting children at around age 2 ½, but that doesn’t mean your child is magically ready for preschool when he reaches that age.
Mnay parents say that their child is very smart, learnt all the required basics but that does not mean that he is ready to participate in a educational program with a group of other children?
Is your child independent?
Before going to preschool requires children to have certain basic skills. Most preschools will want your child to be potty-trained and some other basic needs for instance washing hands, eating his lunch on his own etc.
The trick is to help your child adjust in short doses. Many preschools will allow you to drop off your child for an hour or two during his first few days there. As your child gets used to his new environment, let him gradually work up to a full day.
Can he complete his projects on his own?
Preschool involves various arts and crafts projects your child likes his activities on his own, he’s a perfect for preschool.
But if he’s asks help for everything, he can face challenges.
Gradually build up to longer stretches of solo play. Your goal here is to keep yourself moderately preoccupied with an activity so that he’ll get on with his own without too much hand-holding from you.
Can he participate in group activities?
Many preschool activities include outdoor games like musical chair, passing the ball etc. in which all the children in a class participate at the same time. These activities give child a chance to play and learn together, but also require them to sit still, listen to stories, and sing songs. This can be very difficult for kids under three years who are naturally super active and not really developed enough to play in groups.
Is he used to keeping a regular schedule?
Preschools usually follow a regular pattern like circle time, play time, snack, playground, then lunch. There’s a valid reason behind this as children feel most comfortable and in control when the same things happen at the same time each day.
Start practicing your baby by offering meals on a regular timetable. You could also plan to visit the park every evening.
Is he physically strong enough for preschool?
Pre-school activity may include a half-day or full-day activity. Ask yourself whether your child is ready for such activities or does he have trouble moving from one thing to the next without getting peevish?
Another thing to consider is how and when your child needs to nap. Preschools usually schedule nap time after lunch.
Most importantly why do you want to send him to preschool?
Ask yourself why you want to put him in pre-school?
- Do you just need time for yourself ?
- Are you worried that if you don’t enroll him in preschool he won’t be ready for school.
Most experts say that there are varoius other ways to develop children skills necessary to be successful in kindergarten, including attending a good daycare facility or spending quality time at home with you or another loving caregiver.
If you find that the main reasons you want to send your child to preschool are that he seems eager to learn new things and explore, he isn’t getting enough stimulation at home or daycare, or he seems ready to broaden his social horizons and interact with other children, chances are it’s the perfect time to start school.