Sending a child to play school depends on the type of environment they are growing up in. If the neighbourhood is isolated or if there are not many children of their age, it makes sense to send them to a play school. In addition, they will also gradually get used to the concept of a classroom in an informal manner, thus making his transition into school smoother.
Though the social benefits of sending a child to play school are undeniable, it will not transform a shy child to a confident person overnight. The parents should not be hasty and put the child in a play school just because they lack company. They should remember that this is an important milestone in a child’s life.
Deciding a generalised right age for joining preschool is not an easy one.
Parents have varied reasons for enroling their children in playschools at different ages.
- For the majority of the parents, it is a practical decision. It is a big concern of keeping the child in “proper” hands.
- Many parents enrol the child in a play school so that their child can interact with other children in a safe environment.
- Keeping aside the professional lives, many parents wish to provide a social experience to their children at a relatively young age.
- If the child is growing up in an extended family where there are no other children, parents may opt for a play school.
Usually, parents enrol their children to a play school by the time the child is two or two-and-a-half years old. But at times, it is seen that the child may not be prepared to adapt to the environment away from home.