Wed, 06 Aug 2003

What preschool children need to learn

Dear Dr. Donya,

I am writing an article about some preschools offering an informal class for toddlers aged between 6 months and 2.5 years. I would like to ask you for some information on the following:

* Should the learning process commence in early childhood? * What age is good for children to begin preschool? * Do toddlers need to "learn" at a preschool? * What kind of preschools are good for toddlers?

Thank you

-- Dhani

Dear Dhani,

I need more information on the kinds of learning process you are planning.

For preschool, I do prefer it when children are more than three years old, because the foundation stage begin when children reach the age of three. They are toilet training and also independent and eager to learn, have more patience and good motor development.

No, I do not think that baby needs school more than they need to be with parents and build trust and love. They will probably join a parent and toddler group, day-care center or other groups, and most children will have already learned a great deal by the time they are three years old.

Schools with a curriculum for the foundation stage should underpin all future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing children's: * Personal, social and emotional well being * Language, communication and literacy * Physical development * Knowledge and understanding of the world * Creative development * Mathematical development

Best regards, --Dr. Donya