The Importance of Preschool Education
5 Important Benefits of a Preschool Education
If you’re a parent with young children, then you’ve probably given a good amount of time to thinking about what the best option is for your growing child: nursery school or daycare.
With so many different forms of technology available today, and so much information available at our fingertips, it’s easy to assume that any daycare now has the same resources as any professional child development center (i.e. a preschool).
While this is true to an extent, there’s also a very important key factor that comes into play, here—the extent to which daycare centers are willing to go to get that information.
Many daycares are run by families or even out of peoples’ homes.
Though there is nothing wrong with this, it does mean that there is not a requirement to follow a stricter preschool curriculum.
Still unsure over what choice you should make for your toddler?
Take a look at these five important benefits of a preschool education and what it can mean for your new preschooler.
An Early Childhood Education
Contrary to daycare centers, preschool is actually a form of early childhood education.
Preschool programs are often structured in a similar way to kindergarten, which in turn helps with your toddler’s overall readiness for the big leagues.
They will help your toddler get ready for things like:
- A structured education
- Stimulating activities
- The ABC’s and 123’s
- Group play
- A solid foundation
This preparation is necessary for your child’s smooth entry into kindergarten and will help them get a better grasp on what is expected.
In contrast, daycares don’t often revolve around creating literacy and strengthening critical thinking skills.
For this reason, choosing to put your child in a more structured setting can help ensure a stronger start to their higher education.
Preschools operate under a curriculum, which means that they have a plan of attack for each day that your child is in their care.
Though interaction is spontaneous, the activity is not.
There is a method to a preschool teacher’s madness and it is in helping your child achieve a high quality level of learning.
From the moment they enter the classroom, to their lunch hour, to their last circle time, there is a reason for it all.
In a sense, your child is getting their first taste into the world of a structured program.
Kindergarten and the grades following will follow an even stricter curriculum, meaning your child must be prepared for some of the rigors that formal schooling entails.
Do daycares have group time?
In fact, a great daycare can, and will, cover the entire basis that is covered with a formal preschool setting.
However, the difference is that it is not required of a preschool to do so.
Therefore, activities, such as those involving music or reading circles, are not always a top priority for daycares.
In your child’s pre-k classroom, however, they structure time around these kinds of activities to encourage body movement, creativity, and active learning.
When your child is done with their preschool, they will have gained an understanding of their gross motor skills and become familiar with song and dance in a way that encourages their education.
The ABC’s and 123’s
But wait don’t these things wait until kindergarten?
Nope, you’re wrong!
These days your ABC’s and 123’s are actually an expectation before your toddler enters the kindergarten classroom.
While they may get some understanding of the ABC’s and 123’s in a daycare, they are actually expected to know how to, at the very least, recognize their own name.
One of the perks of preschool is that they will make certain that your child’s kindergarten readiness level is up to scuff, which means that you won’t need to be too worried about whether or not they are learning all that they need to learn.
Take a breather and feel secure knowing that your toddler is ready to enter kindergarten and that if they are not prepared, your child’s preschool program will let you know and help you come up with a plan for getting there.
Perhaps the biggest thing that both daycares and preschools have to offer their children is that of their socialization
Many times, days spent in preschool and daycare is some of the first times that the child is away from their parents for any extended period of time.
More than that, it’s also a time when they are encouraged to interact with children outside of their comfort zones.
While they may be comfortable with their own set of friends from home, this is the first time that your child will be thrust into an unknown environment with unknown children of their own age.
Your child will learn to share, be respectful, and problem solve in a group setting.
They will learn coping mechanisms and ways to handle the world around them without being able to “work the system” and get their way.
A Solid Foundation
Nerves are a common part of everything that involves school.
Whether it be first day jitters, being afraid of getting the wrong answer, or having a fear of talking to others you don’t know, nerves are just part of the game.
One of the biggest benefits of preschool education is that your child will get a solid foundation of what it is to be a person.
They will have the experience of responding to an adult that is not their parent, of interacting with children who are not kids from the neighborhood or someone they know personally, and of having to abide by a schedule.
Your child will be given a solid foundation of what it means to be a student and how to handle the new stress and excitement of their daily lives.