Enrolling your child in an early learning service, such as a preschool or kindergarten, isn't legally required, and many parents find it difficult to decide whether or not it's the right decision for their family. If you're still on the fence, however, you should know that early learning services are great for kids--and here's why.
#1: It will help them understand what to expect when they move up to big school.
Going to school is a huge step for any child, and it's important to ensure that yours is well prepared for the transition. Preschools and kindergartens are less intimidating environments for small children--there are fewer rules, less structure and far more time for educational play than in a real classroom. By skipping early learning, you're forcing your child to jump straight in at the deep end when they hit the age of five--and you could find that a tough, stressful time both for them and for the whole family.
#2: You'll have a chance to figure out their learning needs.
All children have learning needs of some kind or another. Different people learn in different ways, after all, and getting your kids into an academic environment early is a great way to figure out how they learn best. This is also your opportunity to find out whether or not they're dyslexic, dyscalculic or dyspraxic--all three of which are pretty common, and all three of which can even be a benefit more than a drawback if discovered early and supported appropriately. Enroll your child in an early learning school now, and by the time they start formal education, you'll know what to expect from them and how you can best support them in learning as much as they can.
#3: The earlier children socialise with each other, the better.
There's a pretty good chance that your preschool-aged child hasn't spent a tonne of time with other kids the same age as them. Unless you happen to have friends who were expecting at the same time as you, your kid might not be used to making friends with and interacting with other children their age. That's fine, but it's important to change it before their fifth birthday! Early learning centres allow children to develop their socialisation skills before becoming a small fish in the big primary school pond, and that's healthy for all concerned.
Convinced yet? If you're wondering how to find the right preschool or kindergarten for your child, check out some of the options in your area.
As a parent of five school-aged children who all have different learning styles, I've had to research the variety of options available for providing each child with additional support at various stages of their education. A private tutor might work for kids who respond to logical or verbal learning styles, but not for kids who prefer intrapersonal or kinaesthetic learning styles. I started this blog to share what I've learned from researching and using a variety of education support options within my own family, such as supplementary video courses, group brainstorming sessions, problem solving games and brain training. I hope you find my blog useful.