If you have a young child who is around the age of 2 or 3, then it is likely that you may have started to consider the idea of sending them to preschool soon. While you may just be thinking about sending them to preschool because you know that many children go there or because you have to go to work and preschool seems like the best option for getting care for your child, you are probably wondering what the benefits of preschool are and have questions about how to know if your child is ready to attend preschool. Here are some of the benefits of going to preschool, along with some ideas for how to figure out if your child is ready.
A question you may have on your mind when it comes to preschool is, what are the benefits? It makes sense that you would have this question because parents want to do what is best for their child. Preschool is said to be very beneficial for children. For example, there is research that shows “children who attend quality preschools display greater self-regulatory behavior and academic skills than their counterparts who don’t attend preschool…”.
Some of the benefits that your child can get from attending preschool include:
- It can help get them ready for starting kindergarten since they will get used to being away from you. They will also get used to having a routine of going somewhere, which means that they will be used of both of these for when it comes time for them to start school.
- Preschool can help teach your child both academic type skills that they will use when they start school as well as other skills such as social skills since they will be around other kids and can learn to socialize with them.
Is Your Child Ready?
When figuring out if your child is ready for starting preschool, there are multiple factors that you are going to want to consider. For example, you are going to want to take their age into consideration, but this is not necessarily going to be the biggest thing for you to consider when making this decision. Other things to think about are if your child is potty trained, how they will adjust to this change and to being away from you, and if your child can interact with other children well. By thinking about these things, it can help get you started in deciding whether or not your child is prepared for preschool.
Now you know some of the benefits of preschool as well as what to look for to see if your child is ready to start preschool. As you can see, preschool can be quite beneficial for your child. If you have decided that your child is ready for preschool and that sending them is the right decision, then researching how to prepare them for preschool can be helpful. One idea is to look for resources for your child, such as a storybook that can help your child through the process of getting ready for and attending preschool.