What is The Right Age to Send Your Kid to A Play School?
Most play schools start accepting children at around two-two and a half years of age, but that does not mean that your child is ready for the school. It sometimes depends on whether your kid is mentally, physically, emotionally and socially prepared to participate in a structured educational program. You think your kid is 2 years and ready to start play school – but that’s not always the case. The child needs to be ready to adapt to the environment of a day care, away from home. And if he/she is not ready, it is OK to start in the next semester or even a year later.
Children while growing up get easily influenced by their surroundings; that’s why it is important that they are brought up in a loving and caring environment, where they inculcate good habits and a correct routine. And if your child has learnt all this under the family’s guidance, then he/she is ready for play school.
Different play schools have different admission criteria, but certain requisites that are mandatory for play school admission are as follows:
- Is your child potty trained?
Not all play schools require children to be potty trained, especially if they are 3 years or younger. But giving your child the basic knowledge of how to zip up the pants and washing his/her hands in advance will help them adjust easily in the school.
- Does he/she follow instructions?
Play schools don’t usually have super strict rules, but it is expected that the kid is okay with following simple directions, like walking in a line, following eating guidelines, etc.
- How expressive is your kid?
No 2 or 3-year-old is expected to speak full sentences, but he/she should be able to express his/her feelings to the unfamiliar adult - it could be using words or gestures. If you suspect a speech issue during your child’s growing up years, you can always consult a speech therapist.
- How well does your child transition?
Most play schools have a set schedule – from play time to lunch time to sleep time. So, the care givers expect the child to be able to adjust to the routine easily. If your child is not good at transitioning, you might want to work on it before admitting him/her to the play school.
Different people have different suggestions, but no one knows your kid better than you. So, whenever you decide that your kid is ready for play school admission, that will be the best decision.