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Why is preschool important for little kids?

Every young explorer deserves a chance to discover his or her surroundings with complete freedom.
This opportunity is granted to the child by a play school, which enables learning through a variety of fun
activities. Each of the activities is designed keeping in mind physical, mental and emotional development
of the tiny tot.

A child always learns to walk and talk at home. However, at such a tender age, it is vital to have constant
interactions with other children of the same age group and various teachers, both of which help develop
better communication skills. Social interactions help the child get rid of shyness and express freely in
front of others.

How does a pre-school add value to a child’s personality?
3-6 year olds are almost like sponges- they can be molded in any way. Being in play school environment
makes them absorb much more than you may imagine. High quality pre schools groom children to have
good vocabulary, strong basic math skills and superior reading skills when they enter schools.

How to select a particular preschool?
Selecting a play school for your tiny tot is no mean feat. You will need to look at a number of factors to
ensure proper child development:
 Choose an appropriate location
 Price and number of hours play important roles
 Teachers should get down to children’s’ eye levels while talking
 Teaching staff should be trained about toddler care
 The preschool must have proper safety plans in place
 Classroom furniture should be small and devoid of sharp edges

The year 2013 saw President Barack Obama give in a proposal to make high quality preschool education
the prerogative of every 4-year old in the US. After this, 44 states of SA offered pre-kindergarten
education for children from age 4. The cost normally ranges from $4,460 to $13,158 for a whole year,
subject to the area of residence and quality of education. While certain schools do provide daycare after
school hours, there are many others which finish before parents return from work.

Some myths – 

Here are some common misconceptions about preschool education:

a) Kids only sing songs and play games- Yes, children do play for a significant part of their time,
but that is an instrumental part of their development. Through games, they learn to cooperate,
learn about diversity, create, solve problems and become part of a community. Similarly, singing
songs helps in language and speech development.

b) These can be taught at home- At no point in time are parents downplaying the abilities of
parents to teach. But it must be recognized that the teachers are educational professionals and
are trained to administer social, emotional, physical and cognitive education to a child.
c) Preschool is meant only for the well heeled- These days, many states of the world are
dedicating government funds towards preschools. A number of governments also offer financial
aids to families in need.

Always remember- homeschooling could help a child have a good academic start, but will certainly not
provide emotional and social skills. Before sending the infant out, make sure you do your research, both
on the Internet and speaking to other parents.