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Preschool, Ready or Not?

Posted on 06-30-2016

The school year is winding down and summer is right around the corner. While preschool programs generally run year-round, this is the time of year that gets parents thinking about plans for their two, three and four year-olds in the coming fall school year. If you are considering enrolling your child in a preschool program, you may have some questions about whether or not he is ready. At Kids R Kids, Valrico, we offer programs for every age group and although each child develops at their own pace, there are still some benchmark factors that will help to answer your questions about the right timing for your child. Enrolling your child in a preschool program is an important decision and we are here to answer any questions you might have along the way. Here are a few tips to consider as you ponder your child’s preschool readiness.

  1. As we said earlier, each child develops at their own pace, so not every child will be ready at the same time or age. That said, the average age for a child to begin a preschool program is two and a half years. However, if you feel like she is not quite ready yet, it would not hurt to wait a bit longer to get her started.
  2. Separation from a parent is the biggest hurdle a new preschooler will have to overcome. If your child has not yet spent a significant amount of time away from you, there are some helpful steps you can take to prepare him. To start, even short times spent with a babysitter, grandparents, a church nursery worker or friend can help a child to acclimate more readily. Increasing the time to a weekend with the grandparents or some friends will help you gauge how well he manages.
  3. Attention span is a top concern for many parents considering preschool enrollment. A reasonable expectation is one minute per year of age. So, two years old = two minutes, and so on. A preschooler’s day will consist of many activities like puzzles, games, arts and crafts and music time. If your child is already interested in coloring, story time or is easily occupied by a puzzle, this could indicate that she may to ready for preschool.
  4. Does your child have an independent streak? If so, that should ease your mind. Independence is a positive developmental step and there are a few important tasks that he should accomplish (not necessarily master) before he enters preschool. These can include:
  • Recognize and know his full name
  • Be potty trained
  • Able to sleep alone
  • Able to wash hands without assistance
  • Dress himself with little assistance
  • Eat and drink independently, without assistance
  • Communicate reasonably well with words and/or gestures

As you consider whether or not now is the right time for your child to begin a preschool program, feel free to contact one of our enrollment specialists at Kids R Kids Academy of Valrico. You can schedule a tour and meet some of our staff to see for yourself that Kids R Kids is the best place for your Preschooler.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Valrico
4321 Lynx Paw Trail, Valrico, FL 33596
(813) 657-6200

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