A preschool, also called nursery school, pre-school, primary school, or backyard school, is a learning environment or educational establishment providing pre childhood education to young children prior to they start compulsory schooling in primary school. It can be privately or publicly provided, and can often be funded from state funds. The term pre-school refers to a location where a child can receive education either before or after their parents get a copy of the child’s immunization records. This practice is more common in the United States and some other Western countries.
Pre-k education is usually offered in preschool through grade school and often continues on into kindergarten and high school. It can serve as an alternative to sitting for hours in pre-k classes while waiting to be found in primary school for a full day. Pre-k is a wonderful opportunity for young children to gain confidence in their academic abilities and socialize with other children in a safe, controlled setting. Many families are now choosing this early age for their children’s development rather than sending them to day cares or kindergarten. Day cares and kindergarten are often crowded and can require several hours of childcare a day, leaving little time for socialization. Pre-k can help prepare children for kindergarten with activities and games they will enjoy, along with introducing them to the classroom environment.
Focus On Academics
Private schools and daycares provide different types of programs for pre-k education. Some focus on academics, others on art and music, others on foreign languages, while many offer sports and other extracurricular opportunities. Public pre-k centers can provide many different types of options depending upon their location and budget. Some can even offer after-school programs that would supplement the work of young students do in pre-k and help them continue to develop skills outside of the classroom.
Most primary care physicians have a limited pre-k program. Even those with an approved state pre-k option may not have one that is developed specifically for young children. Because the services of an experienced physician are so critical, many private schools and daycares will partner with these physicians in order to offer an exceptional pre-k program. These programs may include physical assessment, diagnostic imaging and laboratory work, nutritional support and individualized educational and physical activities. Private schools and daycares that have a special education program for pre-k children will usually have a long list of doctors on hand to offer support.
Participate In Educational Activities
Daycare and preschools both offer a full day program that allows young children to participate in educational activities both during the day and at night. Many programs feature a variety of activities that allow pre-k children to gain social and emotional skills while learning core academic topics. In some cases, preschools and daycare providers also include music therapy and educational videos in their curriculum. In these programs, preschools can also provide children with transportation, allowing them to move throughout the day and visit other preschools or day care centers.
No matter what type of preschool or daycare program you are interested in, you should do your research before choosing a particular facility. Daycare providers vary greatly; some specialize in working with infants and younger children, while others work with older kids and toddlers. Make sure that you find a provider that matches your needs and your budget, so that you can enjoy quality pre-k education and an enjoyable, stimulating preschool experience for your kids.