How a Preschool can Benefit your Child

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The debate on over whether it is better to keep a 2-and-a-half-year-old at home or send her to a play school continues. Some believe that keeping a toddler at home nurtures strong emotional bonds, while most others believe that a few hours at a preschool every day, give the toddler many more opportunities to learn and grow than parents can provide at home. However, in some areas, especially in the matter of ‘socializing’ the toddler, a play school scores over the home environment.

Researchers and educationalist the world over agree that ‘Play’ is central to a toddler’s overall mental and physical development. ‘Play’ is the way a young child interacts and responds to his/her environment. A good play school provides opportunities for children to develop their skills through a play-based curriculum and creates a safe and secure environment where children learn through the medium of play.

Kinderpillar’s Early Learning expert, Ms Ellen Booth Church, emphasizes the importance of the first 2000 days of a child’s life. She says, “During the first 2000 days of life, the brain takes in the external world through its system of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. This means that the infant’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language development are stimulated during multisensory experiences.” To optimize the rapid brain development that happens during this period, we at Kinderpillar have devised a brain-based curriculum that provides hands-on, learning-through-play experience to children.

And simultaneously with playing and exploration, your toddler starts on another phase of her development – socialization. As children develop a growing sense of the world around them, it is important to socialize them with other toddlers. You’ll notice that around the time your toddler turns 2, she’ll start showing a lot of curiosity about other children. Sometimes you’ll see her intently watching from a distance how two kids are playing. This is the beginning of your child’s peer-to-peer socializing process. At this stage, peer-to-peer learning is a very important factor in their social development, because at this stage they keenly observe and learn rapidly from each other. At home, parents can provide limited opportunities for a toddler’s socialization – at best a daily trip to the park. Therefore, choosing a good preschool for your toddler is a good idea – one with a child-centric curriculum and enough group activities that facilitate the socializing of a toddler in an unhurried, yet structured way. This is another clear advantage that play school have over the home environment - the ‘socialization’ of the toddler under expert observation.

At Kinderpillar, the focus is on the holistic development of each child, the social and emotional development of kids is as important as the growth of their mental functions like literacy, numeracy and scientific exploration. As it is realized that a ‘socialized’ child is more likely to receive learning experiences positively than a child who is not ‘socialized.’ Therefore, at Kinderpillar, it is observed and monitored every child’s social development and it is done in the most child-friendly manner.

A child’s socialization starts with a lot of trial and error – where maybe at the start, a toddler may not like to mingle, share or take turns. At Kinder pillar, this process is never tried and rushed or rules are put down that intimidate the little one. The child is being observed carefully and specific social opportunities are created to that particular child’s needs. For example, if the child enjoys playground activities, it is ensured that he spends a little extra time outdoor, in a very small group, where it is easier for him to develop a sense of self and start interacting with his peers.

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