Is your child preschool ready

                        

How to check your tot’s preschool readiness?

In 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.

Potty 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..

Independence

A 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.

Concentration

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.

Stamina

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 engaged already.

Communication/language

Communication 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.

Physical development

To 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.

 Self-management

Taking 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. 

Safe Soap guide for Pre-schooler

                    

When do you stop using the baby washes and start using regular shampoos and soaps on your pre-schooler?

While some paediatrician’s advice not to use soap for the first two years of life, once your baby is 12 months old you can start using regular soaps that are mild for their fragile skin.

When it comes to children’s cleansers, there's an array of products to choose from, whether it's baby soaps, shampoos, or body washes. So how do you pick the best one? Run-down to the safe product guide..

Choose the right type

When you go the baby body bath store, you get overwhelmed seeing so many options. What you need to first figure out is what type of product you want- Bar soaps, body washes or shower gels?

There is no reason you can’t use shampoo on your baby’s body. Shampoos, in fact has more ingredients than a simple bar of soap. Using baby body wash is a safe and preferable choice. Anyways which when you buy any new soap, take a trial and if there is any rash or skin reaction, immediately change the soap.

Go for gentle baby cleansers

When it comes to soap for your baby’s body, you should choose a body wash or soap that specifies 100% natural ingredients. Any harsh ingredient that is present in the soap can be irritating and cause rash. Use soaps that are free of potentially harmful chemicals. Any harsh ingredient that is present in the soap can be irritating and cause rash.

Analyze the ingredients

To protect the skin, steer clear of soaps that contain alcohol, glycol, propylene and other chemicals. These are all known harmful toxic substance present in baby products. Also, choose a dye-free soap because the red dye that is commonly present in soaps causes allergies in kids.

Go for natural solutions

Natural solutions are beneficial for skin. They help in maintaining the skin oils and are always best for sensitive skin, Look for a product which contains ingredients like almond, milk, cocoa butter, honey and olive oil.

Do not go for extra lather soaps

Remember, during bath time, you do not need deep lathering effects from head to toe; just use soap for cleaning his neck, underarms, knees, bottom and privates or the areas that actually get dirty and sweaty. Avoid soaps which gives extra lather as it consists extra chemicals. 

Opt for fragrance-free baby soap

Kids are sensitive to scented soaps. Scented soaps might have the quality of drying out the skin. Moreover, some kids tend to dislike particular fragrances. Hence, it is recommended to use fragrance free soaps, as they do not contain any chemicals that can make the skin dry.

Avoid antibacterial soaps completely

Antibacterial soaps are not the safe soaps for babies and kids as they claim to be. They are not much effective than regular soaps in killing bacteria. Even regular hand washing soap or solutions remove dirt and germs from hand. Moreover, we do not need to continuously  expose our children to antibacterial agents.

Note-The content is for opinion purpose only. For any recommendations, please consult with a healthcare professional.

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