Preschool: 4 Ways to Make Sure your Child is Ready

Preschool: 4 Ways to Make Sure your Child is Ready 

Most preschools have an age limit for admitting students. They usually require students to be between the ages of 2 and 5. But, this is a fairly large age gap. Every child develops at a different rate so there is no magic number when it comes to sending your child to preschool. Because age is just a number, we want to help make the decision easier for you to decipher. Here are four things to ask yourself when trying to decide if your child is ready for preschool.

1.Does your child show signs of independence? 

Most preschools want the children who attend to be reasonably independent. This means that your child needs to be potty-trained. Your child should also be able to take care of some basic needs like washing hands, eating lunch independently, and communicating needs to the teacher. Your child should also be showing an interest in playing and exploring independently. 

2.Has your child spent time away from you? 

When thinking about sending your child to preschool, it is important to consider this question because of the possibility of separation issues. Having a babysitter or relative care for your child occasionally will help them prepare to be separate from you when they are at preschool. If your child tends to be shy or has never experienced being away from you, it can be helpful to choose a smaller preschool.

3. Can your child follow directions and participate in group activities? 

Most preschools require students to follow directions. For example, your child should be able to stop playing, put aways toys, and sit down with classmates when told to do so. Also, many preschool activities require children in a class to participate at the same time. 

4.Is your child used to keeping a regular schedule? 

Preschools usually follow a predictable routine including play time, nap time, and lunch time. If your child is not used to a set routine, you can practice conditioning them for this by setting a schedule at home.

After asking yourself these four questions, you should have a better idea of if your child is ready to rock preschool. To learn more about preparing for preschool contact Fontainbleau Children’s Academy at (985) 276-4022. 


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