Many parents choose nurseries and playgroups as their preferred childcare option. Many children start nursery at a young age because their parents are returning to work. Others may wait until they turn three to join a nursery or playgroup.
You may notice that your child may be ready to start attending nursery when they are two to three years old. Although every child is unique, it can have positive effects on your child if they feel ready to make the transition.
These are just a few of the many benefits that nursery attendance can bring:
Some children may never have been to playgroup or nursery before. Being away from their parents can foster independence and help children develop self-confidence.
Your child will have a better understanding of the world if he or she attends a playgroup or nursery. Participating in various activities, visiting different places and spending time with other children and adults will increase their confidence and prepare them for the outside world.
Learn new skills
Young children can enjoy a new adventure in nursery. It will foster a variety of new skills. Your child will quickly expand their skills as they begin pre-school or nursery.
Nursery will teach children skills like washing their hands after eating, putting on their coats and hanging them up.
Preparation for school
It is an effective way to help your child transition to school. A child who is used to learning will not be shocked by the idea of starting school.
Many nurseries are linked to primary schools, sharing some of the same facilities and the same location. A nursery that is attached to a school can make it easier for your child to start school. Your child will be familiarized with the area and will begin school with their nursery friends.
Participating in structured activities, time spent with peers, following rules, listening to instructions from nursery staff, and taking part in structured activities will help them feel ready for the ‘big school’ experience.
Making new friends
Your child’s first friends will be made in nursery. You will find them surrounded by children their age and they will often see the same faces every time they go to nursery.
Play is easy when you are around other children. Even if they are just playing together, the children may begin to imitate each other in order to make a connection. Being surrounded by peers makes it easy to take part in role-play activities and group games.
Developing social skills
Nursery can teach you important social skills like listening, taking turns, and playing with other children.
Children will be able to interact with adults and children better, as well as gain empathy and understanding for others’ feelings. These social skills can be put to good use by playing with other children in nursery or playgroup.
Routines are a great way to give children a sense of security. Children learn structure and a routine in nursery, which helps them know what to expect at different times. As they are more aware of what is expected and when it is due, children can take an active role in their daily tasks. They will be able to tell that they must tidy up before they go to bed at night, and before they get to eat lunch, they must help set the table.
Take your time!
A few hours per week, even if your child is only attending pre nursery education for a couple of hours, can be a great way to get some me-time from a parent. It’s not hard to look after a pre-schooler who is so energetic, it can be quite exhausting. So it’s a good idea to take a few hours each week to yourself.