Basics on Sandy Preschool Programs for Your Child

March 14, 2023

Among numerous milestones your child will cross during the early years of their life, preschool is one of the most momentous for many families. This is often your child's first major educational experience, and often the first time they'll be spending long periods of time away from you during the day, and parents often have several questions as they're entering this period. 

At Devlin's Child Development, we're happy to answer any questions you may have about our fantastic Sandy preschool program, which is just one of several child care programs we provide. Here are some important basics for parents to know as their child is getting into preschool range, from general age ranges to the key benefits of preschool and why it's important for children.

Varying Age Ranges

It's important to realize that while children have specific age ranges for higher levels of education, things are bit more variable when it comes to preschool. Some preschools will accept children as young as 18 months of age, while others have a lower minimum of 2 and 3 years old.

This is because children in these age ranges can vary widely in terms of their maturity, development and abilities. Generally speaking, children should be around 3 years old to most benefit from the educational experience found in preschool.

Technically speaking, there is not a requirement for children to attend preschool. However, there are numerous benefits to doing so, which we'll get into as we move along here.

Why Preschool is Vital for Child Development

During the age ranges we just discussed, children are quickly learning and growing in terms of their intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. Preschool provides an environment that's specifically designed to encourage and foster this growth. Here are some of its specific purposes:

  • Encouraging early educational skills: Things like reading skills, math skills and fine motor control are all developed during preschool. These are vital skills that a child will use throughout their life.
  • Social and communication learning: In order to function in a classroom or school environment, children need to learn how to communicate their thoughts, needs and wants with others. They'll also use this time as an opportunity to learn about the values of respect, kindness and cooperation.
  • Preparing for future schooling: Above all else, preschool provides an environment where children can learn about the structure and rigor that will be found in K-12 education. Additionally, they'll also gain skills like organization and problem-solving with their peers.
  • Boosting child self-esteem: Another benefit of preschool is that it gives children a place to build self-confidence in their own abilities. With the encouragement and structure provided by teachers, children can learn valuable skills that reinforce their sense of accomplishment.

At Devlin's Child Development, we believe in providing an educational environment where your child can safely explore and discover their talents and interests. Our Sandy preschool program is designed to do just that, and more.

Is Your Child Ready for Preschool?

As your child is approaching the preschool range, it's natural to have questions and concerns about how the experience will be for them. Here are a few of the considerations to keep in mind while you assess the answer to this question:

  • Maturity and behavior: It's important for your child to have the ability to follow basic instructions and respect the boundaries set by their teachers.
  • Social skills: Some amount of social development is beneficial, as it will allow your child to get along with other children in their environment.
  • Health considerations: If your child has any medical conditions or special needs, you'll want to make sure that whatever preschool you choose can provide the proper supports for them.
  • Potty training: Depending on which preschool your child is attending, you may need to make sure that they're potty trained before enrolling.

Finding the Ideal Preschool Program

If you've made the decision to enroll your child in preschool, here are a few considerations to keep in mind as you look for the ideal program:

  • Location and commuting time: Make sure that the school is located within an acceptable commuting distance. Also consider if there are after-school activities available at the school, or if you'll have to pick up your child during the day.
  • Philosophy and curriculum: Each preschool program will have its own individual educational philosophy, so think about how it matches up with your own beliefs. Also consider the types of activities are offered at the school, and if they'll be enriching for your child.
  • Extracurricular activities: Does the preschool offer any additional activities or classes? Look into any additional resources or features that would be beneficial to your child's learning experience.

With these considerations in mind, parents can make an informed decision about which preschool program is best for their child. Devlin's Child Development offers the perfect blend of educational and extracurricular activities within a safe and nurturing environment. Contact us today to learn more about any of our Sandy child care programs and how we'll assist you!

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