What is the Right Age to Send Your Kid to Play School or School?

Right age. Speaking of maturity, this component is a major one. School readiness exists if your answer to these clues is affirmative

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What is the Right Age to Send Your Kid to Play School or School?

Every mom thinks that her child should be the best one and learn everything at the proper age. So she started thinking to send her baby to play group or school.

Parents generally start to think of this once their child has crossed first year of his life or when they see some other young kids going to a play school. Generally this a conversation starter to moms who meet each other in the garden during evening strolls. Play School is quite a confusing term for people who know that it is also the name of a toy brand.

But right now the play school that we are referring to is a nursery school that children attend for just a few hours per day. As warranted by the age group, the educational component is not very rigid. Really, deciding whether and when to send your kid to play school is more contingent upon other factors, and here’s what you need to know. 

The School Requirements

The school likely has a certain age requirement for the playschool program, whether it be 18 months or two years. Generally, schools are pretty strict with their requirements, so your child will need to make the cut-off date. Let’s say only children who will be 2 years old by December 31 are permitted to join, and your child was born on December 29. When birthdays fall that late in the year, you usually have the option to wait an additional year. Whether or not to do so depends on the maturity of your child.

Maturity Level

Speaking of maturity, this component is a major one. Of course, no toddler is going to be super mature, but some can be mature for their age. If your child still desperately needs to be around you at all moments, it might be better to find a gentle separation program first. However, on the other hand, children who have a strong sense of independence often thrive from such programs. There are some clues that you can use to determine your child’s school readiness age. 

Educational and Recreational Needs

You must also consider where your child is in terms of educational and recreational development. For example, if he or she has never socialized with children of the same age, if he or she is the only child with both parents being working, if he or she is the only child at home then all such cases going to a play group is a very good idea. Children get to meet other children of the same age, starts to interact with them. It has been seen that this kind of setup also helps a child with a speech-delay.

The General Age

There is a general age slab for admission in pre primary age. Play schools generally allow children from age 18 months to 2 years as their youngest enrolls, where as many formal schools have lower Kindergarten as their entry level class. 

When you are considering sending your child to playschool, the first step is to find out if he or she even qualifies based on his or her age. If you’re still uncertain about this decision, call the school to see if they offer trial sessions or a program where you can stay with your toddler for the first few days.

Why is it very important that parent stay involved in their child’s Early Childhood Education?

RIGHT AGE. What is the school readiness age for your child ?

. It is easy for parents to answer this. School readiness exists if your answer to these clues is affirmative:

What is the school readiness age for your child? This might sound a bit tough at first please. But know that it is the term that makes it sound difficult to understand. It is easy for parents to answer this. School readiness exists if your answer to these clues is affirmative:

  • Is your child able to communicate verbally with adults and other children?
  • Is your child toilet trained to some extent?
  • Does your child have enough independence to be separated comfortably from parents for the length of the play school day?
  • *Does your child have a sense of confidence and an ability to begin to do tasks alone?
  • Does your child have a desire to explore and have new experiences outside the home?
  • Have your child developed the beginnings of an ability to relate to other children?
  • Does your child have the ability to deal with the physical demands of a new environment, such as climbing stairs?
  • Have your child developed the ability to stay focused on an activity or enjoy rhymes?
  • Does your child express a desire to go to school?
  • Is the child used to staying with people other than the mother like grand mother or maid?
  • How easily she catches a cold from other people? 
  • Is the child comfortable with other people except mom and dad for 1-2 hours?

Please note that the parent’s desire/ need to send a child to play school is different from the child’s readiness to go.

Sending a child to play school before she is ready to go could result in severe psychological damage to the child.. You can think of sending her for short durations if you feel she is not getting enough interactions with other children and you are not able to stimulate her enough because of your work schedule.

As your child grows you will have less and less control on his educational environment. In play school you do. Choose the play school keeping in view benefits to the child rather than future worries.

What to look for in a good play school?

Don’t go merely by the name tag or brand name of the play school in the belief that admission to regular schools will be easier thereafter.
Get reliable recommendations from parents whose children have studied in your shortlisted school.
  • Don’t go merely by the name tag or brand name of the play school in the belief that admission to regular schools will be easier thereafter.
  • Get reliable recommendations from parents whose children have studied in your shortlisted school. 
  • Talk to the children themselves and see whether they seem happy and interested.
  • Find out whether the curriculum of the play school concentrates on all round development (including social, emotional, intellectual and physical) or only on securing admission to a regular school?
  • Are the classrooms attractive for children?
  • *Are children exposed to activities that encourage self-expression and development of a full range of motor skills?
  • Are children exposed to books, reading, writing, counting, music, science and nature on a regular basis?
  • Is there a dedicated area for safe, vigorous physical activity and an adequate supply of equipment. Are children supervised?
  • What is the teaching environment like? Are children allowed to be creative or think for themselves?
  • What is the ratio of teachers to children?
  • Are individual temperament based differences recognized?
  • Do the teachers question individual children and encourage them to expand their thinking and problem- solving skills?
  • Does the staff pay attention to the needs of the child?
  • How far is the play school from your residence? 
  • If meals are provided are they nutritious and varied?
  • Do the teachers pay attention to the children during mealtimes – making sure they finish their tiffin?
  • How is the behavior of teachers with the students?
  • Is the principle experienced as a teacher and as an administrator?
  • Does the staff welcome you as a participant, communicate regularly with you and respect your preferences and ideas? 

What are the rules and regulations followed and the fee structure for admission?

Each school has their own admission procedure and fee structure. 

What is the procedure followed for joining in pre-primary school? 

Admission procedure varies from school to school. You need to contact the school for admission procedure. Collect the application from the school, fill up the same and submit along with necessary documents. 

 Where to get this information?

You can get the information about the fee, curriculum and all other things usually on the school’s website or by personally visiting their office.

What are the necessary documents that are needed during admission to a play school? 

The list of necessary documents totally depends on a particular school, still here is a list of things you should carry with you during the admission process. Keeping these things ready beforehand will save your time, energy and multiple visits to the school office. 

  • photographs of your child
  • Family photograph
  • Birth certificate from a civic body
  • Blood Group report
  • Aadhar card number
  • Photocopy of ID proof of parents/Guardian
  • Address proof

This is just a tentative list, schools might demand more or less documents than the ones listed here.

What is the right class for the child in school?

In India, if the entry level class is LKG (Lower Kindergarten or KG 1) then, the right age would be between 3 to 4 yrs. Most schools keep this as 3yrs and 6 months around june end or during the beginning of new session. As this will be the average age of the class.

Before this age a child can only go to a play school or a school with a dedicated class to cater the needs for this age group. In most of the schools, this dedicated class is named as Nursery.

Normally, any  play school has an entry level class as a Playgroup. There are many different names for this level. The right age for Playgroup would generally be more than 1years 6 months to 2 years.

What is the right age for a child for getting admission in a Play Group?

Decision about admitting your child to a play group broadly depends on many factors. It depends on the level of understanding that particular child has. While considering age, kids of age between 1.5 yrs to 2 yrs and above can be admitted to play group. This again depends upon the readiness of a child and the entry age for a given play school.  It is normally seen that even kids of age 1.5 yrs go to a play group and adjust themselves very well.

Going to Play School also gives a tremendous boost to a child’s vocabulary. Children with cases of speech-delays also improve a lot better when around other kids of the same age. They learn to sing rhymes and songs all day long. Their eating habit and independence also improves by eating in the classroom with other kids. And these are the benefits other than the academic portions. 

If a child is smart and mature than folks of his age, is it OK to skip the entry level class and admit him directly to Kindergarten or primary school?

What is the right age for a child for getting admission in Nursery?

The minimum age limit for a child for getting admission in Nursery is 2.5 years. 

What is the right age for a child for getting admission in Lower Kindergarten/ LKG/ KG-1?

Please note that there is no specific age limit criteria for joining/admission in LKG. The minimum required age for getting admission in 1st standard in any CBSE school is more than 5 yrs and 6 months around June. So minimum required age for a child for getting admission in LKG is minimum 3.5 years. 

What is the right age for a child for getting admission in Upper Kindergarten/ UKG/ KG-2?

The required age for getting admission in UKG is 4.5 yrs. 

What is the right age for a child for getting admission in Class 1 / Grade I?

The minimum age required for getting admission in 1st class is 5.6 years and so on. Meeting the age criteria is a must for getting admission in CBSE based schools.  

The age limit varies with state. So, it’s better to visit school to get details for admission and eligibility criteria.

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Roshni Shukla

Hi, I am Roshni Shukla, a Parent, Founder and Principal for an Early Years Education centre, a Parenting Coach and Parenting Blogger. My journey with and around children started in 2005. I am learning everyday with parents and children alike. Parenting isn’t a practice. It’s a daily learning experience. So here are some little tips that can make a parent ready for what is coming for them in this amazing journey called parenting. Let's together bring some change in the mindset about parenting, schooling, society, lifestyle and more.

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