I am the father of two young children, my daughter is two years older than her brother. They are very different, in every way. The girl is outgoing and loves sketching princesses. Also, she is fearless, scared of nothing. Her brother, is very picky, only wants to eat chicken or eggs. He is not as open as his sister, but loves to make people laugh.
My wife and I took two nanoseconds to agree, “They must attend nursery school.”
It was important for both of them to meet new friends, children of their age. American friends tell me that early childhood education has been a controversial topic. Most of the states agreed to fund ‘pre-kindergarten’ education. Younger than four, the
parents have to pay. Costs of preschooling varies from one school to the next. But all agree it is a vital part of growing up. Some preschools offer aftercare but others end before parents get home from work, which adds another babysitter or nanny cost into the budget. Put cost aside for a moment, many parents are still skeptical about what children learn in preschool and whether their child will be ready for ‘big’ school following a preschool education.
My children gained so much at preschool, they strengthened their social and emotional development. It was clear to my wife and I that they both learned how to get on with each other better, to compromise, “Ok, you can have some of my snack!”
They became respectful and solved tricky little problems that crop up as a youngster.
Preschool provided an environment for them to look around with confidence, to mix
with others and build self-awareness. They realised quickly that they can accomplish
tasks and make decisions without the help of their parents.