Within a blink of an eye, your child turns three and it’s time to think about preschool. This time in a parent’s life can be very emotional and stressful. Is your baby really ready for preschool? How do you know if they are ready for this big step in their life? In today’s blog, we are going to be sharing some top signs that your child is both emotionally and developmentally ready to start their preschool education.

Your Child Is 3 Or 4

If your child is three or four, he/she may be ready for preschool education. Kids in preschool range from ages three to five, so it’s important to remember that just because your child turned three, doesn’t mean he/she is ready to start preschool. Your child’s readiness for preschool depends more on where they are developmentally rather than their age.

Your Child Is Potty Trained

Is your child potty trained? Many preschools have “no diaper or pull-up” policies and will only enroll your child in their preschool education program if they are toilet trained.

Your Child Is Independent

Once your child starts preschool, they no longer will have you by their side to help them. Children in preschool are expected to feed themselves, hang up their coats, participate in activity centers, and more without the teacher’s help.

Your Child Is Comfortable Participating In Group Activities

Preschool is a very social environment. Does your child play well with others or do well in social environments? It’s important that your child is comfortable interacting with other kids and making friends.   

Your Child Can Separate From You

How does your child react when you leave him/her in the care of someone else? While it’s normal at first your child to cry the first few times you live him/her, your child should be able to separate from you with ease when they start preschool.

Your Child Can Communicate His/Her Needs

It’s important that your child’s preschool education teacher can understand your child when he/she needs to use the bathroom, isn’t feeling well, is upset, or is in need of something else. Therefore, your child must be able to communicate his/her needs through actions or words when they start preschool.

Your Child Can Successfully Follow A Routine

Is your child comfortable with routines? Many preschools have a fairly structured daily schedule that your child will be expected to adhere to.

Your Child Can Follow Instructions

How well does your child listen and follow instructions? In preschool, your child will be asked to follow simple instructions, like sitting down, coming inside for recess, washing their hands, etc.

Your Child Can Concentrate On One Task For 10-20 Minutes

In preschool, your child will be asked to participate in many different activities throughout the day. Therefore, it’s important that your child can focus on one task for at least 10-20 minutes before starting preschool.

Your Child Has Stamina For The School Day

Going from the luxury of home to school is a big transition. Preschool education is emotionally, socially, and physically demanding, so it’s important to make sure your child is ready for the demands of preschool before enrolling them.

Think your child is ready for preschool? Learn more about our preschool education program at The Dumbo Gan in New York. We look forward to helping your child grow!