Once you as a parent have crossed the first and most difficult step of sending your child to preschool the next few years of nursery and kindergarten become much easier and relaxed. You don’t feel the need to hold onto your child’s hand so tight afraid to let go. Once your child has experienced preschool it is easier to send them off to a nursery where they will pick up from where they left off and learn more and develop their cognitive and intellectual skills further.
Children who go to nursery will range between the ages of 30 months and 4 years and since they’ve already gotten a taste of what preschool is like will be even keener and eager to start learning at the nursery level. At the ages of 3 and 4 children are very expressive and inquisitive and their questions just keep getting bigger and longer!
So make sure that the nursery or kindergarten center you send your little munchkin to has some well equipped, experienced and not to mention patient teachers who will have the appropriate training and qualifications to handle the likes of mischievous and inquisitive 3, 4 and 5-year-olds.
So what should your child ideally be learning in a nursery?
1. Interactive sessions – as much as possible the nursery curriculum must contain as many interactive sessions and activities as possible such as circle time sharing, question and answer sessions, story telling time, show and tell from home, and any other kind of casual chats and conversations to get the children to open up to each other and break the ice.
Remember that children get more introverted as they grow older so it is important that they break out of their shells and develop an open and friendly personality from a young age itself.
2. Art and music – children at this age are very interested in the sights and sounds around them. Bringing out their artistic and musical side by indulging them in fun activities like drawing, painting, coloring, singing, etc. might produce a young child musical prodigy. Nurseries must have activities to enhance the child’s interest and appreciation of music, sound, rhythm and melody.
They should also be made to understand the different colors, shapes, and textures of art and how all these elements can work well together to create something beautiful. Children should be encouraged to play musical instruments as well. These extracurricular activities help improve the child’s creativity, self-confidence, and instills an all round healthy and holistic development.