There is no definite age for kindergarten, preschool and daycare. It all depends on the child’s temperament and individual needs. Both preschool and daycare have some similarities but they are not the same thing. Parents have to weigh the pros and cons of the right time for preschool or daycare.
Factors to consider prior to admitting child to school
Consider all factors and observe your child’s behavior, since it will help you to decide when your toddler needs to go to kindergarten or day care or preschool. All children are not good at mingling with others. Or a child may be very sensitive to anything unfamiliar happening around him/her. Some children love to stay as contemplative observers, while others are more curious. Therefore, after weighing your child’s nature carefully, you should decide at what age they should be sent to school.
Difference between preschool and day care
There is a basic difference between preschool and day care. Pre-schools provide enriching programs for half a day, but day schools take care of the whole day and include the preschool curriculum. Usually working parents are more interested in the day care programs because their little ones get the care that they need during the day. Children between the ages of three and five often get to know the world round them surprisingly well. Therefore this is the best time for pre-school and if you are working parents, then the day care school is more appropriate. What is taught at preschool can be taught at home as well, but parents want a more systematic approach to the education of their little ones, therefore school is the best option.
When to start kindergarten for your toddler?
It depends on the individual child, whether he or she is ready for kindergarten. Kindergarten is the first step to a higher school curriculum. Therefore, a child has to be really ready for it. Any child between four and six is usually ready to go to a kindergarten class. The kindergarten is an important milestone in every child’s life and you cannot deny its importance to the child.
Books about toddlers starting school
Helping Your Child Start School: A Practical Guide for Parents
Before the ABCs: Promoting School Readiness in Infants and Toddlers
Infant and Toddler Programs: A Guide to Very Early Childhood Education