When is a good time to start your child in preschool?

Emily - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son Turned 1 in October and he is NEVER around children his age.. i was just wondering when is a good time to send him to preschool, so he can get used to children.

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Leisel - posted on 12/03/2009

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I agree with all the above. My eldest boy started at 3,5 and we had no hassle getting him into it. My youngest is three and starts next year and is so looking forward to it, it should be a walk in the park.

I think that under three they are far too easily lead into bad behaviour patterns by other children (biting/ hitting etc.) at an age where they have not learnt how to behave appropriately, and never mind the entire smorgasbord of bugs that they can get exposed to day after day!

A playgroup or socialising with friends of similar ages is more than adequate up til then.

Dawn - posted on 12/05/2009

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Depending on the child...we waited until age 4 with my son but he wasn't ready at age 3....but the one thing that I did with him was regular playdates with other kids at least once a week...helped him to learn to play with others so when he went to pre-school he didn't have those problems and he wasn't as shy.

Melissa - posted on 12/03/2009

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I taught preschool in a daycare for 12 years and I also say 3. However, some centers offer and hourly admission for 2 year olds so they can interact and also get used to being away from mom. This way he gets to play, you get a break and you don't have to leave him for very long. Some even alow you to stay with them or go on field trips with the group. Check it out!

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If you want him to socialise try joining a mothers/play group where there are kids about his age. My son was 1 only a few weeks ago, and he has a group of babies he sees often. Preschool is meant for prep-ing them for school, and the social requirements for school are a bit diffrent to just socialising. I used to be a preschool teacher, and used to teach 2-3years. My son will be going to preschool at 3 year 2 days a week, and then as he gets older I will increase his days to get him used to a school routine. Joshy is a very busy baby, he swims, he goes to baby rhyme time, he goes to a playgroup, has one big family dinner a week (with his grandparents, aunty, cousin etc), and has atleast one play date a week.

Samantha - posted on 12/05/2009

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they say 2 years 9 month, which i think is about right. i know a few people that put there kids in young and they do benifit but i wont leave my kids anywhere as i think they are too young 17month is my oldest. but its upto you. there are many mother and baby groups like a pre school but you stay with your child and that is a good way to test the water without the fear of leaving them, plue you get to meet loads of new people all with the same worries and problems as the rest of us

Mariah - posted on 12/04/2009

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Most kids can start at around age 3 if they are potty trained. My daughter loved it and because she started at 3 she was in it for two years. (It is also a tax right off) :)

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well preschool doesnt start till the age of three well atleast it doesnt in ohio anything before three is just day care if you go on to craigslist.com an go to events it might say something in your area about playdates or something around that line

Erika - posted on 12/03/2009

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I plan on putting my 2 year old in pre-school when he turns 3. You can always find Mommy groups in your area and schedule play dates with your son's peers. It's also a nice way to talk to other Mommies.

Hope this helps!

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I have to same problem with trying to find other kids for my son to be around but most preschools won't take them until they are 3. You could look into daycare but I think the best idea is to check with your city and your local library. Lots of times they have classes for moms and toddlers. If your have any museums, especially children's museums they might have classes too.

Leisel - posted on 12/03/2009

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Of course if you have to put your child into preschool because you work that is a different issue, and is clearly an unavoidable necessity.

Sarah - posted on 12/03/2009

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I would agree with what Michelle and Kystan have said. Both my kids started preschool at 3 yrs of age. I found that the first year (3 yr old preschool) works with learning, but a lot is focused on social skills and learning how to behave in a school setting (following in line, taking direction from a teacher, learning to sit still and quite when needed). The second year (4 yr old preschool) works more on their learning skills and getting them ready for kindergarden. Here many sign their kids up for two years so it can be hard to find openings if you just want to do the second year preschool. I have found that preschool now days would be like our kindergarden in our days. They are learning their letters and sounds they make, counting and number recognition (which was much of what I learned in kindergarden).



I would also recommend doing play groups as Michelle suggested now. This will help him be comfortable with being around other adults and kids. It will also help with his social skills, learning how to share and take turns and even communicate with other children in a play situation.



Just and FYI when looking to sign him up for preschool check how soon you need to register. Here registeration starts in Jaunuary for the next school year. Some places have a waiting list, so you will want to call even before then.

Michelle - posted on 12/03/2009

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I say 3 or 4 years old. But I would also look to see if there is a moms group where you live that you could join, or even a story hour at the libary so that he can be with other children his age and you are still there if he needs you. Hope this helps bit.

Krystan - posted on 12/03/2009

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I started mine at three because I had the same issues with them not being around other children, or never being in a daycare. My son is autistic, and I put him in a developmental preschool at three. But my daughter just had some stranger issues, so I put her in at three also. She's in her second year now, and loving every single day of it.

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