Getting Ready for School …
Preschool, nursery, or kindergarten – whatever you call it, this is probably the first place outside your home where your child will learn skills in the five main areas of development:
- social and emotional
- fine/gross motor
- speech and language
The environment you choose will provide your child’s first experience with formal schooling and is important for your child’s overall development. Bearing in mind that children learn best through play, it’s crucial to maintain this first and foremost and select a fun and engaging environment which allows your child to develop and learn at their own pace to become a healthy all-rounded individual, while providing stimulation and life skills.
Is two years too young to start preschool?
This is a question often asked by parents. There is no right or wrong, as every child develops at their own pace. As parents you know best, and should decide what works for your child’s personality and your family situation. Some children are ready for the stimulating challenge of preschool, while others take a little longer.
Taking baby steps …
There’s no doubt that making this first step on to the ‘education ladder’ can be a daunting experience for both the parents and the child. However, there are ‘baby steps’ that parents can do to make it easier and help children with the transition to unaccompanied schooling:
- Have your child attend accompanied classes, such as Playgroups first. This will allow them to become familiar with the structure of attending a class with other children, follow a teacher, and become used to a routine
- Prepare your child in advance through reading stories and general chitchat about going to school. Avoiding surprises works well for young preschoolers who want to feel secure in new situations
- Be confident in leaving your child at school, and trust the teachers. Children pick up on their parents’ feelings, so a warm but firm goodbye and wave works best for most. Do not linger as your child will sense your unease. And make sure your child is collected on time at the end of the day so that they always know they are in a safe environment and will see their parents again soon
- Within a few days, most children are settled into class and starting to learn in their new environment, mastering skills like sitting nicely, talking, sharing, taking care of themselves, and becoming young independent learners. Don’t worry if your child takes a little longer
- Most importantly, choose a preschool where you can maintain open communication with the class teacher and other staff. This will reassure you that your child is safe and happy at school everyday
Choosing the right preschool for your child is important
At Kids’ Gallery, our Ready for School programme prepares pre-schoolers, aged 2-3 years, to start their educational journey in the most positive way. Highly qualified and caring teachers and carefully designed activities ensure your child’s overall development to give them the best start with school life.
Find out more about the Kids’ Gallery Early Years Centre.