The concept of sending a kid to playschool was a relatively unknown concept in India until a few years back. In fact most of the parents never sent their kids to playschool but now it seems to have become all the rage among the latest generation of parents. However, all the playschools in India have pretty high fees and are owned by private organisations, like a Pune play school, for example. Are you a new parent wondering whether it’s a good idea to send your kid to playschool? Then here are a few things that you should consider and then take an informed decision.
The first question that you should ask yourself is whether you have enough time to devote to your child. And by time, you should think quality time and not just time to take basic care of your child. If you are both working parents and do not have a lot of time to spare then that means that your child will lose out on basic elementary learning. In that case, a playschool is a good idea. Remember that if your child doesn’t have the basic skills in place then she or he will fall behind her/his classmates when in school. However, if one of you stays at home then you can teach your child yourself. At this age, children are remarkably receptive to learning. As a parent you should ensure that your child grows up in a learning environment either at home or in a playschool if that is required.
Focus on the learning
If you have made the decision of sending your child to a playschool, then make sure you do all the research before making a choice. For example, if you are based in Pune then research a each Pune play school well before enrolling your little one. There are some play schools which concentrate more on academic and bookish learning. It’s better to send your child to a place where they use a combination of learning and playing. At such an young age, your child doesn’t need to do heavy academics as there will be time enough for that when they grow up and go to the higher classes. Try and get a playschool which has a garden and focuses on outdoor activities. Children flourish best in such relaxed environments at such an young age.
Everybody makes friends and at playschool, children make the first friends of their life. Your child will get used to interacting with other children and the concept of working and learning together. This especially makes sense for the nuclear children of today. Being largely isolated at home, children from nuclear families find it difficult to adjust to other children as opposed to children from joint families. If you belong to a nuclear family, or if you live in a place where there aren’t too many other families, then you should send your child to a playschool. He or she will pick up valuable social skills and more importantly get companions.
If your child goes to playschool, then she/he will slowly get used to the idea of routines at an early age. This means that his transition into school won’t be sudden and will be easier too.
However, taking all this into consideration it all depends on what you think is best for your child. If you can provide a stimulating and fun environment for your child at home itself then there is no reason for playschool.