02/12/2019 11:59 PM IST
What is the best age for preschool
Having been in the education industry for over 26 years., we have come to realize that most parents have one common query of 'What is the best age for sending children to preschool'. So we thought let's address this on a common platform.
What is the right age to send your child to preschool?
As per brain research, the right to send your child to preschool is anywhere between 1.5 to 3 years. An average child is born with about 100 billion brain cells. An infant's brain develops rapidly from birth till 3 years producing 700 new synaptic connections every second.
Experts state that toddlers need support to stimulate their learning at a time when their brains develop at twice the rate of adults. If they are not stimulated enough in the years before starting school, the brains can set back by decades. Factors like a child's relationships, experiences and environment influence the development of the growing brain. All these factors need to be considered while deciding a preschool to ensure there is no stress or push to achieve academic success.
Toddlers' brains need stimulation - To make the most of these 'light bulb' years when toddlers' brains form connections at double the rate of adults, it is important that they are provided with learning experiences that nurture them in a high- quality preschool.
From what we have read above, we can see that it is very important to choose the right preschool for your child. So here is a simple way of choosing the right preschool for your child.
There is no standard way of choosing a preschool for your child the best way to work around it is to list the 5 things that are most important to them in order of priority. Some examples may be - proximity to the house, curriculum and learning style used, hygiene, religious-based learning, annual fees, a playground, use of technology, teacher: child ratio, teacher qualifications, classroom size, batch size, inclusive education, an exclusive difficult to get into preschool. Then find a school that matches. From my experience, this is the best way. For some parents a preschool that has a prayer every day is vital. For others religion and school should not mix. For some parents a preschool that teaches numbers and the alphabet early and in a structured way is imperative. Other parents want a less structured preschool and want a focus on play and not on early literacy and numeracy.
This is an approach I use for all parents. Check out a few preschools - select one that most aligns with what you want for your child and yourself as a parent. Some parents don't do their homework and either have a 'herd' mentality or are victims to the usual 'if it is difficult to get into' it must be good - way of thought. A parent recently moved her child from our school to an expensive 'elite' impossible to get into school and then after 6 months moved back to ours. Out of curiosity when quizzed about the shifting her retort was 'In that school, my child will learn to leave a carbon footprint. With your school, she will learn to leave a social footprint. I did not realise how high on my value chain that was till very recently, and so I had to move back.'