A PRESCHOOL, ALSO KNOWN AS PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL, NURSERY SCHOOL, OR PLAYSCHOOL, IS AN ESTABLISHMENT THAT DEDICATES ITSELF TO EDUCATING CHILDREN DURING THEIR EARLY YEARS.
Preschools help in preparing children for compulsory primary education by offering early childhood education for children between 3 to 5 years of age.
A preschool might be privately owned or publicly operated.
Now, being parents, we have to make this life-changing decision for our children.
For some of you, preschools are necessary because of our work commitments,
whereas some of us can’t afford to send our kids to one.
In both situations, what is essential is to focus on the growth of the child.
If you are a parent, this question might have kept you up at night.
You would discuss this with your friends or relatives who have kids about the pros and cons.
You would use the help of search engines to look for the right answers.
But, in the end, whatever decision you take would be with your child’s best interest in mind.
We, as parents only want the best for our little ones during their growth and development stages.
Let us take a case study to discuss this in detail.
Maya and Harsh are a happily married couple with a newborn child.
They both have successful careers where they are progressing in income and responsibility.
So, to pursue their careers,
they take the difficult decision of enrolling their child in daycare at the age of 6 months.
They noticed that their child showed tremendous growth in terms of socialization, grasping power, adapting to new environments just by being in daycare for two and a 1/2 years.
At the age of three, she loved her school, her teachers, her peers.
She started speaking early in sentences surrounded by adults who were communicating every day, plus her peers who were learning at different speeds.
So in their case,
They found it to be an excellent decision as their child showed them tremendous adaptability and growth.
Believe me or not, but kids learn best from observing other kids.
Let us take a look into an experience shared by Rekha on her journey with her baby.
Rekha is a homemaker who has spent all her time with her 18-month-old baby boy.
She had done a tremendous job by keeping him engaged by reading, singling, playing, etc.
But, she watches closely; she noticed that her baby boy was shy around his peers and looked bored at home.
When she tried to take him to the park, he would glue to her and refuse to play with other kids.
The kids in the park were either too big to play with him or too small, and if he did find a friend, they were not there the next day.
So, she decided to enroll him into a preschool where he could play with kids his age without someone shouting over his head, “DON’T TOUCH THAT” like a million times.
He got to meet kids every day, and his world expanded from mom and dad.
Being at home with mom all day, kids don’t learn to share, interact, or take turns.
They need to be around other kids to learn through imitation.
Also, another plus side is the mom gets some much-needed rest to unwind and recharge their batteries, especially if they have no help at home to watch the kids.
Don’t forget,” A tired mom is a grumpy mom.”
Preschools focus on “Social Learning.”
Now you will ask me what does that even mean?
Social Learning is learning through the observation of other people’s behaviors.
Different social situations allow us to pick up new behaviors by observing what people are doing within that environment.
If we take ourselves as an example, whenever we start a job in a new company, go to a new place, visit a new country, we observe all those around us.
We learn and mould our behaviors, attitudes by observing people around us.
In the say way, kids observe their peers and imitate their actions.
For eg., if at home, you have difficulty making your kid sit at one place and color. No matter how much you hammer them, they will not listen.
But if your child observes their friends in the classroom doing the same, they will imitate and thus, learn.
Let us discuss the benefits of sending your child to a preschool in detail.
Your children are naturally curious; they are intrigued by everything around them and always want to explore whatever is in their sight.
Teachers at preschools use games and activities to teach, which helps your children in understanding the necessary academic and social skills.
They focus on developing the children’s confidence by giving them hands-on experience, which helps to prepare them for compulsory primary education.
Preschools create an environment where kids learn how to behave and react in a natural flow.
They learn to share, follow instructions, raise their hands to ask a question, and wait for their turns.
Children are taught pre-math and pre-literacy skills through play, which helps in building the foundation for a strong academic base.
The teachers and staff work very hard to keep their lessons interesting.
Toddlers are known for their notoriously short attention spans.
They will not sit in a place for more than 3 to 4 minutes. Preschools gradually train them in a way that they have improved focus and indulge in an activity or lesson for a more extended period.
As parents, our child’s first words also feel like an accomplishment.
So when they learn new words for key communication, our hearts are full of delight.
There are a lot of ways schools create opportunities that encourage kids to practice their communication skills.
Preschools surround kids with little ones of their age; they make an effort to learn and communicate.
Sending your little ones to a preschool or daycare may feel daunting in the beginning.
But, when you see their growth and overall development that they get from the preschool, it makes it worthwhile.
You need to select the right preschool carefully, and everything would turn out to be smooth.
If you have any worries about sending your child to a preschool, kindly mention them in the comments below