When is the right time to enroll your kid to a play school? This question must be at the top of your mind, if you have a small kid and you aren’t sure whether to begin elementary kind of schooling for her? It is not an easy question to decide for parents, while they may have different reasons for sending their kid to school, but the prime reason for most of the parents appears to be that both of them are working.
Most play groups in Singapore have no legal entry age for kids. However, parents would want to put their child in a playgroup as soon as possible because both of them are working, but this is not going to help parents or their children. A lot of research into the subject has unanimously claimed that a child should be put into a playgroup only when they are mentally and physically fit to enroll in a playgroup.
Additionally, there is no need to rush your child to a playgroup when your household environment is quite like home school environment with lots of children’s books, comic strips and fairy tales. Such a household has also lots of toys and coloring material and the household is frequently visited by friends and families with similar age group children. In other words, the household that can provide their kids with everything that a preschool has should not rush headlong to a playgroup.
The right age
However, if you have already decided and made up your mind to send your kid to a play group, you must remember that a child becomes a social being only by the age of 2, when they also begin enjoying interaction with the adults. It is also critical that the teacher-child ratio in a playgroup and every other part of the world should not be more than a teacher for every three children.
Most schools, all over the world have minimum age requirement for play school or play group program. It could be two years or eighteen months. The schools are quite strict with this requirement and there is a reason for it. The child should have reached the maturity level required to attend the play school. If the child finds difficult to separate from the mother, a gentle separation program could be better option than sending the kid to the play group right away. In other words, other than the age, there are several critical factors like maturity level and recreational needs of the child that should be taken before admission.