to check your tot’s preschool readiness?
order to start preschool, your child need not have a must-set of skills. Young
children develop at different and most preschoolers are still working on
readiness skills when they start with preschool. And these skills are mastered
gradually during their preschool learning. Below are some of the key
developmental milestones a child will ideally have.
trained- Preschoolers of Nursery (2.5yrs) are generally expected to come out of
diapers. Not necessary that they are potty trained but by this time they should
be ready to undergo potty training..
little independence is a key for pre-schoolers. During the early childhood
years, the playschool teaches your child to independently perform tasks. They
learn to follow instructions without needing constant redirections.
Being able to concentrate is another major
milestone for toddlers that is learnt before they enter Nursery. Most preschool
activities span is 10–20 minutes. If your tot is now able to concentrate for a
span of 3-5 minutes, then you know he is preschool ready.
Emotional and social readiness
Children should be able to separate with
parents without much anxiety. It can take a few days to settle when the
transition happens but the child will eventually get comfortable with new
faces. The ability to distinguish between known and unknown people itself is a
sign that your child is developing social and emotional stability.
Children need a lot of physical and mental
energy for preschool. They should be in a routine to wake up early, have
breakfast, get ready and go to school. Children who already attend playgroups
or toddler program will have easy transition to nursery as they are actively
here doesn’t mean speaking in full sentences. The child should be able to
communicate his needs in simple ways like sign language, broken sentences, and
the right expression so the receiver understands what she/he is trying to
convey. Being able to understand basic words and instructions will make your
child ready for preschool.
thrive in a pre-school,your child needs basic gross motor & fine motor
skills. Your child should be able to kick and throw a ball, , able to scribble
holding crayons with five fingers, string beads, lace, turn pages of book etc.
care of personal needs is a sign that your child is independent and growing. At
this stage, if your child is able to indicate toilet needs, care their
belongings, and interact with people, show personal likes and preferences and
much more alike indicates his readiness for preschool.
If your child is already going to playschool,
then based on end-of-the-year assessment given in the toddler program, you can
understand the readiness of your child. If your child cannot do everything on
this list, it does not mean that he/she is not ready for Nursery. In fact it
will allow you and the preschool teachers to actively facilitate the readiness
by ensuring that your child participates in activities that develops
the appropriate skills required to help optimal learning.