Is My Child Ready For Preschool?

By in Parenting on 07 April 2011

Is there really an ideal age on when a child should attend preschool? With kids developing at varying rates, how will you know if your child is ready? For some parents, they prefer to start their child with preschool at an early age because they feel that preschool is more beneficial as compared to having someone else care for their child while they are at work. If you feel that you can teach your child the very same things that he can learn at preschool, then putting it off for a year or two is logical. But if you can’t commit to providing your child with varied learning opportunities, then it’s worth contemplating to send your child to preschool earlier.

You can determine if your child is ready by answering the questions below. Your child needs to show readiness in many aspects of his development to ensure that the experience can be both pleasant and beneficial.

Is your child already potty trained?

Most preschools usually require kids to be fully potty trained upon enrolment. Potty training is a milestone and when a child achieves it, he not only gains control of his anal and urethral sphincters but he also learns that he can control his body and even his environment. And when this milestone is achieved, a child is also generally easier to deal with because he already gets some autonomy – a common cause of tantrums among kids who want to practice their newfound independence.

Is your child emotionally ready?

While it’s normal for kids to throw a fit especially during the beginning days of preschool, he needs to feel secured enough while under the care of other people. Kids mature differently so don’t rely on your child’s age but focus rather on his behavior during instances when he’s not with his primary caregivers. If he seems alright each time you leave him behind with his grandparents and other caregivers, he is already showing that he’s emotionally mature in handling the temporary separation when attending preschool.

Does your child interact well with other kids?

Kids are naturally playful but when they are not used to hanging out with others, an afternoon of supposed positive interaction can easily result to conflict. When my daughter started attending preschool, I think she spent half the school year adjusting. It was hard for her because she was not used to being with other kids and sharing toys and making friends were always an issue to her. Your child can be in better shape if you watch out for cues indicating that he needs more time honing his social skills. If your child enjoys the company of other kids, it clearly means that he’s ready for more fun time with other kids in preschool.

Has your child shown an interest in learning?

Preschool may require a child to participate in storytelling time and other fun learning activities. If your child has shown interest in learning new things and he can listen attentively to a short story, finish projects, and hold his attention to one particular activity even for a short time, it means he’s prepared. If you notice these signs, you can rest assured that t he’ll survive the many activities of preschool.

Parents will look out for many other indicators of school readiness but the ones above are the most important signs that you need to consider. How did you know that your child is already physically and emotionally ready for preschool? What readiness signs did you notice that convinced you that he is ready to take that big leap?

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