Most parents give their children plenty of attention in terms of looking after their basic needs and showering them with toys to entertain them. In play schools, however, children are provided with the ‘right’ toys, i.e. those appropriate to their stage of development. Also, their play is guided so that it becomes a learning experience. The ideas is that children should transfer play behaviors such as feeding a doll, changing its clothes, etc. to themselves, and thus develop self-help skills. The thinking is that if a child can go through the motions of feeding a doll, it will soon learn to feed itself.
Play schools also teach children to recognize their own possessions. Soon a child will learn to identify his schoolbag, learn the mealtime routine that involves opening a lunchbox, folding a napkin and putting everything back after the meal is over and so on. Children are not born with these skills, they have to develop them. And this is where the play school steps in to help parents out. Another advantage pointed out is that a child’s language skills develop faster as they interact with many children of their own age and a little older.
The school as an open room full of toys and with two supervisors. The children are not forced to do anything. They can play with any of the toys as they wish. For instance, if they are playing with a train, the teachers will sing a song about a train with actions.
It is assured that play school definitely help children became used to the idea of being away from home by coming to school everyday. They became more talkative and started interacting much more. They enjoy playing with their age mates, listening to cassettes of nursery rhymes because they are familiar to hear.
Reduces Separation Anxiety:
Play schools prepare children for their entry into formal school. The first day of school can be quite traumatic for a child. Suddenly, he is thrust into a strange world from the warm cocoon that is home. At the age of three or four when the child goes to school for the first time, a lot is expected of him. Crying children, clinging to their parents on the first day of school is a common sight. But play school helps reduce separation anxiety. Play schools prepare children to face the world, as they are more self-confident and independent; they have improved interpersonal skills and better vocabulary.
Meeting other Parents/ child’s teacher:
Children are not the only ones who benefit from play schools. They provide parents with an external support system in terms of enhancing the child’s developmental skills. In addition, parents get an opportunity to interact with other parents and keep in touch with different approaches to parenting. Parents also have a chance to observe other children and thus have a point of reference for judging their own child’s behaviour. Parents can approach the trained supervisors for advice if they are facing any problems with their child at home. In other words, play schools widen parenting horizons.
How to Choose a Nursery School?
Every parent wants the best for their child and a proper choice of school is an important decision for you as parents. It is now generally accepted that pre-school years are vitally important for the growth and development of the child. Parents should understand that the interaction of two key components namely,
Healthy environment and
These two factors influence and shape the Child in a way that, first and foremost, assists the
Natural development of child’s personality
Promotes the development of healthy physic
Promotes Social and emotional development
Provide the optimum opportunities for intellectual development.