When your child turns three or four years old, a big question on your mind may be whether or not your child is ready for preschool. Here are seven important questions to consider before your child takes that next big step!
1. Is your child fairly independent?
Can your child communicate his or her needs? Can your child interact fairly well with other adults and children? Can your child wash his or her hands and eat independently?
2. Can he or she easily separate from you?
Separating from caregivers can be stressful for young children so you want to make sure they can easily separate from you. Give your kids plenty of opportunities with a regular, trusted babysit or leaving them for a day with Grandma.
3. Is your child relatively social?
Does your child seem to crave more activities outside of the house or more interaction than her baby sister can provide? If your child seems to need a little bit more social interaction then it might be time to give preschool a try.
4. Have you found a school that is a good fit for your child?
Research, research, and more research. Finding a school with teachers, class size, curriculum, and a philosophy that matches your child’s personality is very important. It will help ensure a good fit and get your child excited for school.
5. Is your child potty trained?
Some preschools and learning centers require that your child is potty trained before they are eligible to enroll in a particular program. Check with any potential schools you are interested in to see what their policy is.
6. Is he or she good at keeping a regular schedule?
Most preschools will keep a fairly regular daily schedule. Making sure your child can easily follow a schedule and transition from one activity to another is a good way to determine if your child is ready for preschool. This may also help you decide if a full day or part time preschool program is a better choice.
7. Are you ready to let go?
Handing your child off to caregivers in a new environment can be very stressful. Make sure you are confident in your choice and have good communication with your child’s teachers so any concerns or issues that arise are handled in a way that you trust and are comfortable with.
Deciding whether your child is ready for preschool is not an easy process. You know your child best so ask yourself these questions to help determine if now is a good time to enroll your child in preschool!
Is your child ready for preschool?