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Hi,

I just want to get other people's advice/views on preschool. I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mum with my 2 year old son and i have another bub due next year. All my friends and family who have children have put them in preschool even if they are also a stay at home parent however i dont plan on sending my son until he is about 4 years old so the transition to kindergarten is easier.

Do you think preschool is necessary before 4years of age?

Thanks smile
.....I am confused now....I thought preschool came after kindy? Either way, I don't think any of it is necessary before 4! Enjoy your time with them!
I would decide according to your child. If you think he will benefit - go for it, if not - don't stress!

Hi,

I just want to get other people's advice/views on preschool. I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mum with my 2 year old son and i have another bub due next year. All my friends and family who have children have put them in preschool even if they are also a stay at home parent however i dont plan on sending my son until he is about 4 years old so the transition to kindergarten is easier.

Do you think preschool is necessary before 4years of age?

Thanks smile


Hi

Its not really preschool if its before 4 years of age, its daycare so IMO no its not necessary if you are a SAHM.

I'm a SAHM and neither of my kids have been in care, my eldest started preschool at 4 and into kindergarten at 5. Both kids went to playgroup and other activities with me so had more than enough socialising with other kids and adults.
hi

it's not nessacary, but can be good for your child. M,y 3 year old daughter goes to a "3 year old Kindy", which is twice a week (half days), and they have a letter of the week, number of the week, group play, story time, learn about the weather e.g "good morning everyone, today is monday, and it's sunny"
you get the idea...
the teacher told me, when i was on the waiting list to enrol, that 3 year old kindy, is a program that helps children transition easier into the 4 year old preschool/kindergarten.
it dosen't come free though, and it's not compulsory, it's just there for parents if you feel like you want to give your child preparation into their schooling years. it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but my daughter throughouly enjoys it, and they have a little christmas concert, and graduation at the end of the year, which i think is nice.
hope that helps
It's really up to the parent if they want to send their kid/s to childcare/pre-school. I have noticed from friends who send their children do when they have more than 1 child once they hit the age of 2 for social reasons, make it easier for them at home etc.

I have only 1 child who is 2, and I had her on a wait list for the day cares in the area. One came up once she turned 2 in September as there was an opening, and I put her in for 2 days a week only because I wanted to improve her social skills with other children, and for her to learn what I haven't taught her at home really (things I have been out of the loop for).

I have a friend who has 4 kids, who has done the opposite, and didn't send any of them to day care because she doesn't believe in it.

So it's just a personal choice if you want to send them or not.

Hope this helps!
From a teachers perspective and someone who has worked in child care/preschools etc there are many benefits.
The main benefit is social development, it is a great opportunity for your child to start learning how to interact with other children, adults and have new experiences that may not be available at home. For example painting and messy play might be something you avoid at home for obvious reasons but at a preschool/care facility it is often encouraged and expereicned daily. (well at least at the places I have worked).
It can also be a good way to develop independance and get children used to seperating from primary caregiver for a while. This might scare some of you but when you get to school and your child is ok to stay and you see the mum/dad with kid hanging off their leg and the teacher prying them off 9ok i might be exagerating here) but u get the idea. Half days are especially good for younger children and can build to a day at preschool later
Aside from that u may find ur kids make friends and u can catch up with other parents/families so a good way to network. On the flip side it can be expensive and there are ways to get the same benefits for example - playgroup or start your own parenting group. You could meet once a fortnight and there are a ton of websites with great activities and ideas that you can use.
And OMG sry for the essay!! But child developement is a bit of a passion of mine!

From a teachers perspective and someone who has worked in child care/preschools etc there are many benefits.
The main benefit is social development, it is a great opportunity for your child to start learning how to interact with other children, adults and have new experiences that may not be available at home. For example painting and messy play might be something you avoid at home for obvious reasons but at a preschool/care facility it is often encouraged and expereicned daily. (well at least at the places I have worked).
It can also be a good way to develop independance and get children used to seperating from primary caregiver for a while. This might scare some of you but when you get to school and your child is ok to stay and you see the mum/dad with kid hanging off their leg and the teacher prying them off 9ok i might be exagerating here) but u get the idea. Half days are especially good for younger children and can build to a day at preschool later
Aside from that u may find ur kids make friends and u can catch up with other parents/families so a good way to network. On the flip side it can be expensive and there are ways to get the same benefits for example - playgroup or start your own parenting group. You could meet once a fortnight and there are a ton of websites with great activities and ideas that you can use.
And OMG sry for the essay!! But child developement is a bit of a passion of mine!


Children who stay at home with their parents are not necessarily the ones hanging off mum or dad's leg when it comes to starting school. My daughter was never in care but she attended playgroup, had lots of socialisation via that and playdates and different activities that I took her too and age 4 went to preschool 2 days a week. She had no problems starting school, several kids who'd been in care from a very early age experienced a lot of separation anxiety - sending your 2 year old to daycare doesnt pave the way for starting school.

A 2 year old doesnt need to be independent from their parent and you dont need to start at 2 getting them ready for when they start school at 5. Sure at 4 years of age you'd want to them to go to preschool in preparation for full time school. Prior to that you can take them to a range of activities where they have the security of knowing mum or dad is there, like playgroup.

The OP wants to know if its necessary to go to preschool/aka daycare before age 4... it is not.

From a teachers perspective and someone who has worked in child care/preschools etc there are many benefits.
The main benefit is social development, it is a great opportunity for your child to start learning how to interact with other children, adults and have new experiences that may not be available at home. For example painting and messy play might be something you avoid at home for obvious reasons but at a preschool/care facility it is often encouraged and expereicned daily. (well at least at the places I have worked).
It can also be a good way to develop independance and get children used to seperating from primary caregiver for a while. This might scare some of you but when you get to school and your child is ok to stay and you see the mum/dad with kid hanging off their leg and the teacher prying them off 9ok i might be exagerating here) but u get the idea. Half days are especially good for younger children and can build to a day at preschool later
Aside from that u may find ur kids make friends and u can catch up with other parents/families so a good way to network. On the flip side it can be expensive and there are ways to get the same benefits for example - playgroup or start your own parenting group. You could meet once a fortnight and there are a ton of websites with great activities and ideas that you can use.
And OMG sry for the essay!! But child developement is a bit of a passion of mine!


I agree that the things you have mentioned are beneficial. But I don't know why they wouldn't get those things at home. Social interaction, an understanding of rules and taking turns, an understanding of how to interact with adults, an understanding of empathy and acceptable behaviour, messy play and free play, and perhaps more importantly an understanding of being important and of the wider world in general. Aren't those the benefits of staying home?

Thinking of the restraints and disadvantages to childcare compared to the things you can do with your kids at home, childcare for a 2 year old seems unnecessary to me (unless you want that time alone as a parent).

I agree too with Happy Head. If a child takes a few days to adjust to school (which would be normal for anyone, even adults need time to transition to new things) then why does this automatically mean that this child had never been to childcare? And the ones that do adjust, why does that mean that they necessarily went to childcare? I would have thought it was more of a personality issue than anything else.

I also don't see why a 2 year old "needs" to learn separation. Why? They are only 2!
Hi smile I was thinking of starting my DD two days a week ( or maybe just one) when she is 3 or 3 & 1/2...my own opinion, not based on anything lol could be a different story when we get to that age though!! We do playgroup once a week, painting, reading and playing at home so while I think DD is learning and doing well at home I worry about the issue of being together 24-7 for 5 solid years and then leaving each other so was thinking preschool would introduce seperation slowly (mind you, Im the one that will struggle more knowing my independent DD tongue)







Whoa! Didnt mean to upset people... was just providing an opinion/belief of my own smile

.....I am confused now....I thought preschool came after kindy? Either way, I don't think any of it is necessary before 4! Enjoy your time with them!
I would decide according to your child. If you think he will benefit - go for it, if not - don't stress!


This might explain why the OP worded it that way:
DS goes to Preschool - Its call (City name) Preschool. So that is just the way some people refer to it as that is what is in their area. He used to go to daycare (ABCDEFXX Daycare) til we moved towns, and he can also go to Kindy (Its a craft morning 2x a week call Kraft Kindy, but most parents call it Kindy) in our new area - he is only 20mths! Or he can go to "Prep", a daycare/preschool/kindy at a private school.




Thanks everyone for your ideas and opinions smile
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