One of the biggest concerns that toddler parents face these days is when would be the right time to enroll their loved ones in school. And with the advancement of playschools, this decision has only become more difficult. But worry not! Because we are here to help you decide and understand what age would be apt for your kid to start his or her schooling. So, what are you waiting for? Read on.
Playschool vs Kindergarten
First of all, you, as a parent have to take the decision of whether you want to enroll your kid into playschool or directly to kindergarten.
Now, many opine that playschool help children prepare better for their future school journey. Thus, we see, kids as young as 18-months-old in playschools. Well, what we fail to understand is that even to go to the playschool, the child has to prepare himself or herself.
Although it is extremely subjective, it can’t be denied that preparing a child at home in most cases is ideal. No matter how playful it is, letting your kid go to a playschool when he or she has just barely learned how to walk and talk isn’t appropriate.
Depending on the maturity of your child, you can skip the playschool part and directly enroll him or her in kindergarten if you want to. There is no hard and first rule to this.
Working Out the School Requirements
Usually, schools are pretty strict regarding the age requirements of its students. Some playschools enroll only 18-month-old babies, while other can relax the time bracket to 2 years.
For those whose birthdays fall later in the year, they are generally given the option to wait an extra year. So, talk well in advance with your neighbourhood school in order to understand their functionality and criteria.
Never Undermining You Child’s Maturity
Please keep in mind the maturity level of your kid. Kids at this age are heavily dependent on their parents. But, if he or she is exceptionally attached to the parents, then probably selecting a gentle separation program might be better. This means a homeschool version of the playschool.
What is most needed is for your kid to form a bond with you and communicate well with you before he or she can start with strangers. But, as with everything else, exceptions are always there.
Remember that sending your ward to school/playschool just for the sake of sending never works. You don’t have to send your ward to school immediately if you see that your neighbour is also doing the same. This is because every kid is different and their reactions and maturity level also significantly differ.
A Positive First Experience for Your Child
The first experience of your kid into the outer world always must be safe and happy. After all, dealing with the outside world’s prejudices and toughness is difficult for us, let alone for our toddlers. So, never shy away from taking your time.
You can always start with a special swimming or art class for your kid depending on his or her interest. This helps in your kid being involved and growing in an environment which he might feel comfortable in.
Deciding on the Magical Number
If you have decided to start your kid’s journey with a playschool, it is recommended that he or she does so at 2 years of age rather than at 18 months of age. One year of playschool is pretty enough and starting at this age is ideal since your kid is comparatively more independent than he or she was 6 months ago.
You can then let your kid start his nursery school when he or she is 3-years-old. And by the age of 4, he or she can start his pre-kindergarten and kindergarten days. This will be followed by the first grade, which at the age of 6 seems pretty good.
Your kid needs you. You don’t have to always be all over him 24*7, but you also can’t put away him soon because this might traumatize him or her. Love and affection are what all kids seek.
We hope this has helped you have a better understanding of the right age that you can send your kids school to. So, choose wisely! And follow this space to know more about how you can create the best decisions for your little-loved ones.