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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Importance of playschools
It is always a pleasure to see children achieve milestones whether it is their first laugh, first walk or first ever word (I would like to hear Mama but seems his first word is banana :)). The first step towards independence is when your child first joins a playschool. There is no definitive age to explore this idea but parents like me are usually skeptical. I don't want to send my child to playschool just because everyone else is doing so and moreover people of our generation have turned out quite well even without going to playschools. But the competition is severe in today's world and the kids need to be ready for this. But what sets the ball rolling is the shattering of the myth that playschools have anything to do with academics.

We need to understand the importance of playschools before actually making up our mind. This is just like a social networking place in our lingo where kids can meet their similar age group counterparts and hence they learn to venture socially and of course this puts an end to their around 2 years of jail seeing only the same inmates (read mom, dad and the maid) apart from few paroles. The idea is to develop sensory-motor skills and social skills. Have you ever noticed children imitating others? This is the best way to make a child learn new things and the efforts are optimum at playschools. Nursery rhymes, drawing, coloring, sorting, role playing are some of the ways that let children break their inhibitions.

Benefits of playschools

  • We more often than not get confused while buying age appropriate toys. Good playschools provide children with the age appropriate toys enhancing their overall development and contributing to their learning process without stressing them out.
  • Children definitely become much more interactive and aware of their surroundings. Even if we are 24*7 with them, the efforts are not as targetted as in playschools.
  • Formal schools have more hours of separation as compared to playschools with 2-3 hours of outing so playschools prepare the kids for what is about to come and reduce the separation anxiety.
  • We all want to give the best to our children through different approaches of parenting. Meeting other parents opens the gateway for such interactions so it is not only the kids that are benefited by playschools.
Choosing a playschool

Playschools these days are open in every nook and corner of the neighborhood you live in. What is important before choosing a playschool is to see whether the school is qualified enough to handle such small babies. The kids need to be treated very tenderly at this age and any bad influence or wrong exposure can seriously affect their growth. So have a detailed check before you leap at the opportunity of registering your child in the nearby school.

Playschools are not a necessity and stay at home moms can work the things out although not at the same pace as in playschools. It is a matter of personal choice and your ideology in upbringing your child. But if you choose to put your child in a playschool, make sure it is the right place and is not just an over the top daycare.

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I enjoy every single moment watching my son achieving new milestone!

April 16, 2009 at 4:27 PM  

Hi Jaanvi, enjoy your kids now, they grow up fast. Then you get a few years of holiday before looking after kids again...your grandchildren, ha ha.
Have fun, best regards, Lee.
ps, if free pop over.

April 16, 2009 at 9:45 PM  

as a SAHM, i am sure we can guide our child properly at home to learn many things. But one thing i like abt playschools is for the child to interact with other kids, instead of always mummy and child the whole day.

April 16, 2009 at 10:31 PM  

the ONLY thing i dislike about playschools is that our kid(s) are exposed to various diseases as some viruses can be passed to one another!
and some might imitate the "wrong" behaviours from other kids like shouting or hitting *sigh*

apart from that, i'm fine with playschools :-)

April 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM  

Oh yes, in everything there is the good and the bad... but one thing is for sure, enjoy your kids at every stage in their growing up... and I can tell from this post, you are! *smile*

April 17, 2009 at 4:37 PM  

Yes need to observe carefully b4 choosing the playschool. I can see improvement of my child communication skill. We need to work together with teacher and caretaker in order to bring up a good value child :)

April 21, 2009 at 8:26 AM  

it's good to go to play school but it have it disadvantages too

April 22, 2009 at 6:51 AM  

I think playschools to a certain extent is not as bad as nurseries/kindy/daycare since the child is only there for about 2-3 hours per day and not everyday. I think for SAHM's, playschool is a way for them to at least get some part of their sanity back and to do her own things. Reckon this is also important to keep mummy happy.

Now as I look for a nursery for my son, there are so mnay things to consider. Even to what the other 'students' there are like....

April 23, 2009 at 9:01 AM  

Thanks for dropping by my blog. You are probably my one & only visitor from India! I am half indian by the way :-)

April 30, 2009 at 11:20 AM  

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