Bravo! Salute to you for being a proud parent of a toddler. The challenges that you undertook in growing that small bundle ofjoy into a fully grown toddler is highly appreciable. Well, crying sessions and untimely sleep disturbances are one thing, but I am pretty sure that his or her first step, first smile, and first words must have overjoyed you. Though he or she is in an advanced version of ‘babyhood’ now, but don’t forget there is still time for him to become an adult.
There is a whole new list of challenges prepared for toddler’s parents. To name a few, dealing with picky eaters, trying to give toilet training, to teach him to share, and most importantly disciplining him and teaching him social manners might take a toil over you. But the toughest of all is the challenge of admitting him into a pre-school.
Only a parent could realize how tough it is for them to let their toddler alone in some other place. A parent’s concern and worry about choosing an appropriate pre-school for a toddler is well understood. And that is exactly why; we have come up with a whole set of factors that you must keep in mind before admitting your child into a pre-school.
Is your toddler old enough or even ready?
Every child is unique in their own sense. Every toddler has their own defined developmentally driven cycle. Hence following a predefined age for joining pre-school might not always is correct. As a parent, you must first observe if your little angel is even ready to go to a school. Generally, the age of 2 or 2 and a half is established as an ideal age for joining pre-school. But your toddler should have
- Reached proper developmental milestones
- Shows interest in peer interaction
- Physically fit
- Takes an interest in spending time outside thehome
If a toddler shows these signs at the age of two and a half, then parents can go ahead with pre-school admission.But if a toddler gets an untimely admission, then it may become harmful for his or her mental as well as physical development.
Factors to look out for before opting for a pre-school for your little one
If both the parents are working, then admitting a child to pre-school becomes a necessity without rescue. But even in that urgency, one must make sure to select a proper preschool that concentrates on the developmental need of your child. A pre-school must sustain a child’s individuality yet support him to come up with novel ideas. And to select a proper pre-school that has a strong identity, proper philosophy and proper development oriented techniques of rearing, one must head on for factors like,
- Understanding staff
A toddler is not a fully grown individual and must be dealt with love and tenderness. A parent must opt for a caregiver or a teacher who understands her child’s development pattern and provide him guidance accordingly. The teacher must encourage child’s ideas and creative art approaches, and not coerce them. A toddler is at early stages of creative development, and his ideas should always be promoted and encouraged to grow him as a successful being in future.
- No defined art rules
Toddlers do not understand the meaning of rules nor do they enjoy following them. A pre-school teacher must allow every child to explore their own art uniquely, even if that means getting a pink sun, blue tree and green rivers. A child should be allowed to experiment and play with the colors without adhering him to fixed rules or teachers sample to copy from. Art must be kept simple so that child enjoys it and even the instructions of several projects must be kept simple, considering the toddler’s age.Basically, the art should be open-ended to promote individual identity.
- Study material should be wisely designed
A young one’s mind cannot concentrate as much of an adult’s. A child’s attention span is not generally longer than 15 to 20 minutes. Teachers should not have longer period cycles and must understand the momentarily need of children. Toddlers must be allowed free time to play and roam around and must be allowed to learn whatever they feel like at any moment. Teachers must be well versed with the phonological age of the child and must involve reading and learn thematerial as per the age requirement.
- Attention to nutritional intake and proper diet
The biggest challenge that every parent faces is to make her child eat healthy and nutritious food. A pre-school must pay proper attention of what food the child is consuming at least when they are in school. They should have apre-designed list of diet that is both interesting and healthy so that the child consumes it with interest. The teachers in pre-school must also keep track of the food parents are sending in alunch box and must strictly prohibit junk and should allow only healthy diet. The food consumed today prepares a healthy foundation for tomorrow’s health and immunity.
- Work is play
A teacher must be trained to handle toddlers and must know how to incorporate fun into thestudy. A good amount of music and play time should be allowed in theperiod cycle. Group games and combined art projects should be used to teach the child the importance of teamwork and also to make him take an interest in certain educational concepts. The best way to teach math is through these group plays where theteacher can use real life examples to generate more interest among kids.
- Unstructured play time
Toddlers learn by mimicking others and experience. A pre-school must design their daily schedule in such a way that enough outside playtime is included in the schedule. These unstructured games and activities let the child understand his interests better and also he gets the privilege to do his interest work more. It also makes him more social and allows him to develop peer relations and understand the meaning of friendship and companionship.
- Wisely designed classrooms
The environment and interior of the classroom should be such that it evokes interest in thechild. The ambiance of any place plays a very important role in how a child would learn in that place. The visual appeal, window spacing, and light exposure should be wisely placed. At the same time, one must not make the environment too distracting for the child, or else it would become hard to concentrate on more important things.
Your little angel deserves the best and must be served with no less. A little care and attention in deciding the best for your child may make a huge difference in his future. This would also play agreat role in formulating your kid a useful societal being.