From day one, parenting is a unique challenge, and for first-timers, it can seem like a daunting task to undertake. Sure, we were all once children, but making choices and decisions on their behalf carries with it a heavy responsibility and we all naturally want the best for our offspring. After a couple of years where mum and home were always in view, the toddler must suddenly enter a strange new environment. With mum making a quick exit, the child might feel a little lost. Every human being is unique, and some develop quicker than others, but for a ballpark figure, 3 years is the right age for a child to begin the preschool experience.
The answer to the title question lies in the child’s level of development, and with some careful observation, you will see whether or not your child is ready to take on the outside world. Of course, your choice of kindergarten school is critical, and with an online search, you can be looking at all the local options. When looking at potential preschools, seek out their vision and mission statements, as this will tell you exactly the direction and philosophy they follow. Ideally, the establishment would have the right resources, which would include a soft room and a safe outside play area.
Preparing your Child
It is far from ideal to keep this a secret and suddenly spring it upon the toddler, in fact, you should make sure the child has regular outings, introducing him or her to a range of different environments, and if this causes the child any stress, that means they are not quite ready for preschool. Mum is everything to a child, and when she’s no longer in sight, this can cause panic bells to ring, and by using friends and relatives for short periods, you can soon have the child accustomed to your absence. One good idea is to read a guide to preparing your child for kindergarten, which is bound to enlighten you.
The Right Nursery
If you want your child to develop a love for learning, their initial introduction to schooling must be a pleasant one. Fun based activities are the order of the day, and as a parent, you are looking for a safe and secure environment in which your child can explore and learn, so the facility should be registered and have an ample ratio of carers and kids. There should be resource corners, where the children can sit and play with a range of learning toys, and the daily program should include physical movement, storytelling, outdoor activities and a little sleep time, right after lunch.
If you live in an urban setting, the chances are there will be several well-known preschools, and by visiting each one (without your child), you can kind of get the feel of the place. Talk to other parents, and if they have any concerns, it will become apparent, and if all is well, move on and have a chat with the Principal.
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