Playschool will be your baby’s first interaction with the outside world that would involve meeting and getting acquainted with strangers – both kids of his own age as well as teachers. No doubt it is an extremely important milestone, and preparing for it beforehand is advised.
The first and foremost thing you should try and do is make your child feel more social before the first day of preschool knock in. If possible, make him/her meet more kids and toddlers around his/her age and supervise how he/she behaves with them. Take him/her out to children’s park and try making him/her bond over games, rides, and other forms of playing activities. Doing this beforehand would make your child more confident and comfortable around other kids – something that would greatly prepare him/her for the first day. This would also help him/her get rid of stranger anxiety and become more involved with other unfamiliar faces around him/her.
Many children will be unable to say goodbye and would cry and shriek out aloud while he/she is being sent to preschool, away from his/her parents. To somehow bring this under control, start talking to him/her beforehand. Practice goodbye games and tell him/her that the separation is temporary and a fun part of growing up.
You can try to train him/her on how to use cutlery, and eat small knickknacks or at least drink water without spilling – these small tricks would help your child have a hassle-free time at preschool.
Apart from preparing him/her for the school as such, you can also make sure his/her interest level at school does not dwindle. Read out to him/her every day, loud and clear. Play games with him/her that deal with counting numbers and using crayons. Also, tell him/her to listen with rapt attention to your stories, songs, and poems as listening classes are also an essential part of the pre-school curriculum. All these activities would prepare him/her in advance for what preschool classes entail.
Establishing a good set schedule before your child is sent off to a playschool also helps. Tell him/her to get up on time, eat his/her meals on time, rest on time, and play on time. The faster discipline is ingrained in your child, the quicker will he/she be able to adjust to a school-like timetable.
But remember not to overdo it. Also do not loudly proclaim that you are making your child undergo this kind of behavioural regime to acclimatise him/her to the preschool ecosystem, as this may lead him/her to develop apathy for going to preschool altogether.