Pros and cons of enrolling your child in preschool
Deciding if you want to join the long waiting lists for elite preschools? Here are some pros and cons to consider before enrolling your little one into preschool!
Advantages of preschool
Preschool helps children get used to the concept of structured learning
Preschool helps children get accustomed to the idea of learning in a structured environment with rules, away from their parents.
If both parents are working, it also exposes children to a wide range of learning activities that busy parents may not be able to do with their children, like arts and craft, music and drama and storytelling.
Kids who attend preschool may also develop better behavioral skills, like learning how to listen when someone else is speaking, or how to sit still for longer periods of time.
Through preschool, children will learn that they are expected to be on the best behaviour while in a school environment.
Socialising with other children
Children who attend preschool will have a great opportunity to socialise with kids their own age. This will teach them vital social skills like consideration for others and verbal and non-verbal communication.
Kids who have social anxiety issues will benefit from being exposed to children their age, as well as adults on a regular basis. Interaction with classmates and teachers could also help build self-confidence in a young child.
Academic head start
Children will learn the basics of numbers, letters and shapes in an enriching and more importantly, low pressure environment.
If the child does not have a guardian at home who can supervise and teach him regularly, preschool will fill in the gaps to ensure the child has good exposure to the basics before kindergarten.
Disadvantages of preschool
Prices and long waiting lists
With preschools fees at elite schools reaching $23 000 annually, price is a major disadvantage for parents who insist on enrolling their children in prestigious preschools.
A large majority of parents aim to foot their children’s school fees until tertiary levels, so many families may not be able to afford spending big bucks on preschool alone.
Parents are also becoming increasingly competitive in landing a spot at their preferred preschool.
Aiming to register your child four months in advance? You may be disappointed, as parents are now enrolling their children even before they are born!
Lack of one to one interaction
Although preschools offer children a wide range of learning activities, they may lose out on essential one to one interaction time. Most classes are designed to suit a large group, so your child may not get the individual attention that he requires.
In addition, after spending six to right hours a day at a preschool, children may return home tired and cranky, compromising parent-child quality time.
Exposure to sick classmates
If your child is unlucky enough to be in the same class as a child suffering from Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, Chickenpox, head lice, or even just the common cold, there is a high chance of him getting infected as well.
Even though most preschools have strict rules about sick children attending classes, some parents may insist on still taking their children to school, as they do not want their children to miss out on the day’s lesson.
At the end of the day, it is ultimately up to a parent’s discretion as to whether their child should be enrolled into preschool.
Parents simply need take into consideration the above factors, as well as the personality and learning pace of the child before deciding if preschool is the right choice.
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