5 Signs to Help Determine if your Child is Ready for Preschool

November 11, 2019

Ready for Preschool? Finally, the craving for guilt-free “me time” comes knocking. Enrolling your child in preschool provides a fun learning opportunity to develop social, emotional and communication skills. When all of these factors are taken into account, it’s a win-win.

As early as 2 ½ years old, your child may be ready for preschool as your family  takes the first step forward toward learning. You may want to send your child to preschool at the earliest opportunity so you can have more free time for yourself, but it’s important to ensure  that your child is ready for this big step. This ensures that You want to establish a positive experience for your child, not a routine he or she will dread.  Preschool shouldn’t be a source of stress for you or your child. Rather, it should be a time to prepare your child to learn while introducing him or her to  essential skills needed in school. Here are 5 ways to find out if your child is ready for preschool.

Can your child take care of his or her own basic needs?

One way to tell if children are  ready to attend preschool is if they are able to take care of their own basic needs. Preschool often requires that children  be potty-trained, which can be a complex task and should not be rushed. Allow your child to take his or her time and learn to use the toilet  gradually. If your child is able to keep his or her pants dry for an hour, they may be ready to start potty training. In addition to being able to use the toilet, there are other  basic skills your child should be able to do without assistance. For example, preschool-aged children should be accustomed to washing their own hands after doing a messy activity, wiping their own noses, covering up when coughing and sneezing, and  feeding themselves. 

Is your child okay spending time away from you?

Kids who attend  preschool for the first time may experience separation anxiety soon as their parents leave their sight. This may not be a problem if your child is used to being away from you when you go to work and your child is left with a family member or a babysitter. If you spend a lot of your time with your child, however, you may want to consider scheduling some away time, at least once a week, for your child to visit grandparents or other family members. 

Is your child capable of doing projects independently?

Preschool involves activities  that require sustained concentration, For example  arts and crafts projects. One indicator that your child is ready for preschool is if he or she is  able to stay on a task for a minimum of 15-minute intervals. If your child can sit still and draw, make figures out of clay, or play with a puzzle for this amount of time, then it’s a sign that he or she may be ready for preschool.

Can your child participate in group activities?

One of the goals of attending preschool is for your child to become acclimated to learning in a classroom setting. Sharing a room with other kids from various backgrounds and different households is to be expected. Children need to be socially and emotionally for what they can expect when  they enter preschool. Taking your child to playdates or afternoon trips to the playground can help boost confidence and develop social skills. Observe your child during this time. How is he around other kids? Can she make friends easily when left on her own? If your child appears to do well around other kids, take it as a sign that he or she may be ready for preschool.

Does your child have the stamina to last throughout a typical school day?

A full day of school  keeps kids busy. Depending on which program you choose, preschool children may attend a half-day or full-day program.  Ideally, your child should have the stamina needed to make it through the school day without getting irritable or cranky. Preschools often have scheduled nap times after lunch. It’s a good sign if your child can make it through at least half the day moving from one activity to another. 

Making sure that your child gets a good night’s sleep is  key to building their stamina. Encourage good sleeping habits by keeping a consistent sleep schedule for bedtime and ensuring that your child  gets at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night . Little children may act up when they feel overwhelmed by transitioning between activities. If your child can make it without experiencing too much difficulty, they may be ready for preschool. 

Ready to take the next step for your child? Everley Rose Center has a team of staff that is effectively trained to bring out the best in your kids, allowing them to achieve their full potential in a safe and nurturing environment. Call us at 1-817-225-6831 or visit everleyrose.com to learn more!


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