Studies have shown that optimal social development for children occurs when they are in a “natural” home setting with extended care from grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and siblings. Spending long hours in a roomful of preschoolers who have difficulty controlling their emotions and lack social skills, can be unnecessarily stressful and detrimental to a child’s development. It has also been observed that children in preschools mirror both good and bad habits of their peers which can confuse and cause them stress.
Children who are placed in established preschools that offer appropriate opportunities for learning and development however get to learn people skills by interacting with their peers. They learn better in an environment where trained educators are on hand to facilitate their experiences. Besides reducing children’s isolation such specialist childcare provides a range of vibrant, carefully-created environments that stimulate their optimum development. Preschools with holistic structured curriculum enable effective learning. Prescribed early childhood developmental outcomes for preschoolers can be achieved unlike in a home setting where learning is usually incidental due to a lack of purposeful structure. The presence of trained educators ensures that children are managed appropriately, especially those with disruptive behavior who are helped strategically to overcome their struggles.
3 Tips to Keep the Stress Out of Preschool
1. Be Your Child’s Primary Caregiver
While your child might spend long hours in preschool, the attention that parents give their children remains paramount. You are who your little one wants and needs at the end of the day. Studies have shown that children who receive sufficient attention, love and empathy from their primary caregivers outside preschool hours, adapt and thrive in different environments. Make time for your children when they return home from preschool and make it known to them that you are there for them and they are your priority.
2. Partner Your Child’s Teacher
Be in charge of knowing what your children do in school day to day and how they are progressing. Find out how their teachers cope with children’s undesirable behavior and how you can cooperate and partner the preschool to achieve the best outcomes for your children.
3. Communicate with your child
Make time to talk with your children every day, even if it is for just five minutes. Listen to them and allow them to share any stressful situations they are experiencing if any. Suggest fun and creative ideas to overcome problems. Read picture books or role-play with your child on how to cope and resolve conflicts. Demonstrate fair play, praise positive behavior and help your little ones become resilient and confident!