Are you confused on right age to start preschool education?
Is 18 months the right age to start preschool education?
One of the biggest questions among parents now a days is whether their child is too young to be sent to school already. While a fair share of them believe in the good that preschools can do to their young ones’ development, there is the opposite camp of them that frowns upon the idea of sending a teeny tot to school.
If you find yourself in this dilemma, perhaps a good starting point will be to ask yourself why this is a huge concern to you.
Is it because you think by sending your child to school, you are depriving them of their childhood?
This is a common worry among parents, that by popping their little one into preschool too early they are ruining what could be a carefree and happy childhood. On the contrary, a good preschool and toddler group environment will enrich your kids’ childhood.
Young children have curious minds, boundless mental and physical energy and an inclination to explore and try new things. There is only so much parents can do at home to nurture this energy and inclinations.
Imagine the possibilities for the child when they are placed in a productive environment surrounded by other kids their age, with well-thought-out and engaging activities, tools and guidance from professional educators! Kids could continue to engage in play, but only it will be more purposeful and meaningful to their growth!
Do you think your child is way too young to be learning?
Children are born with an innate desire to learn and in the toddler years they are intrigued by their observations of the world and are seeking explanations and information.
A well-tailored toddler programme will be able to tap into this desire to learn and help your children discover knowledge in a fun and enjoyable way.
Do you worry about your child experiencing separation anxiety?
Going into a new place and having to spend a couple of hours away from you could very well make your child feel a bit of separation anxiety and that is completely normal. However, they might, in all likelihood feel that way even when going to school at an older age.
If anything, the toddler years are probably a good time to get them started on being independent in this regard; there will be a smaller teacher to student ratio in their class, allowing them to get more undivided attention from the teachers when they are still coping with being in a new place. Also, trust that your child is not the first one to experience separation anxiety and toddler educators are adept at helping the child cope with these feelings.
But of course, it is important that you pick a preschool that is able to deliver the right programme for your child – which is why here at Little Harvard Early Education we strive to provide your little one with world class preschool education to help them become the best versions of themselves.