Some parents are not sure about sending their child to preschool prior to starting kindergarten. This is a very personal choice. If you’re not sure, have a read of the information below, we hope this might help you with your decision.
According to the Raising Children Network, preschool helps children:
- get new knowledge and skills – for example, they start learning more about numbers, letters and words
- improve their communication and social skills through playing and interacting with other children and adults
- make new friends and develop new relationships with adults
- develop physical skills – for example, children learn to balance on play equipment and practise fine motor skills like drawing with a pencil and cutting with scissors
- develop problem-solving and creative thinking skills
- develop responsibility, independence, confidence and self-worth through doing things like looking after their own belongings and spending time away from home
- get ready for the transition to school.
Preschool is all about learning through open-ended play and structured play activities that allow children to develop at their own pace. Whether your child is finger painting, building a block castle, or singing with other kids, preschool helps your child increase her experiences, abilities and knowledge.
Preschool programs offer both indoor and outdoor learning experiences, as well as opportunities for solo and group play.
According to pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, “Research has shown that 2 years of preschool helps children to be better prepared for school, with better literacy, emotional and social skills. Sending children to preschool early may be especially important for children who need extra support – for example, if their first language isn’t English, or if they come from a disadvantaged background.
Preschool helps with young children’s overall development. It teaches them new skills that will help them learn to read, write and do mathematics. They develop better communication and social skills, such as how to play with other children, work as a group and speak to adults.
Children who go to preschool can deal better with the transition to school because they are more responsible, independent and confident.
Research also shows that children who go to preschool benefit throughout their education, even when they are at secondary school.