Preschool education can be very beneficial for children, both academically and socially. Preschool prepares children academically, socially and emotionally for kindergarten.
Attending preschool can have long-term academic benefits for your child, by ensuring that they arrive in kindergarten ready to learn. Many preschools offer academic programs as part of their curriculum. They help children to develop the skills that they will need to learn well in a classroom environment, and they begin to teach the basic lessons that will give your child a head start when they arrive in kindergarten. The academic benefits of attending preschool will be particularly important during kindergarten, but the effects will continue throughout their educational experience. Ensuring that your child has the best introduction to learning will give them the best chance of doing well throughout their school career.
Preschool can also help your child to develop their social skills and to become more emotionally mature. Spending time with other children of a similar age will help children to learn about communication, sharing and interacting with others. They will learn how to work and play on their own or in groups, to follow rules and instructions and to cope with being away from you. Preschool can help your child to become more confident and independent. Adjusting to a classroom environment at an early age, and without the additional academic pressures of kindergarten, makes the change much easier for your child.
Different preschool programs will focus on different aspects of the experience. You can choose a preschool program that will help your child to become socially and emotionally ready for school, by finding a preschool with a curriculum that will suit your child. Some programs are very structured and academically focused, while others are more concerned with allowing your child to play and socialize.
Sending your child to preschool can also have benefits for you. Handing over your child into the care of the staff at the preschool can allow you to enjoy some time to yourself, to run some errands without having to look after your child at the same time, or to go to work.