Preschool readiness - how to prepare your child and yourself for the new stage

Summer vacation is upon us, a time for holidays, relaxation, and trips. However, it is also the last chance to adequately prepare both your child and yourself for entering the preschool world.


Where to start?

It's worth starting with yourself, as the parent's readiness for preschool translates into the child's readiness. Sometimes it is the parent, not the child, who fears this new stage. A child ready for preschool may face adaptation difficulties due to the parent's uncertainty. Many parents approach the preschool topic with a "it will somehow work out" mindset, assuming that the child's initial crying is normal and that things will eventually settle down. But should preschool really be seen as a burdensome duty by the child? Preschool is like a second home for a child, a place where they will spend several years of their life. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the child is eager to attend.


An important step for the little one

Preschool should begin for toddlers who have achieved preschool readiness. This means they know what preschool is, how time is spent there, who will take care of them, and how long they will be there without their parents. Children should be well acquainted with the concept of preschool before they start. This crucial aspect is an essential element in meeting the child's most important psychological need – a sense of security. This is the key to positive adaptation in the new place. Entering the preschool environment, different from the home environment, is a significant change. The new social group, new surroundings, and rules will require the child to utilize many resources, especially in the socio-emotional aspect.


How to prepare your child for preschool?

Regularly talk with your child about preschool. Explain what is done there, what a day looks like, and who will be there. You can look at books about preschool together so that your child has positive associations.

If possible, visit the preschool together. Let your child see the rooms, the playground, and meet the teachers. This will make the place less foreign and scary.

Play pretend preschool at home. You can role-play various scenarios where the child plays the role of a preschooler. This will help them understand what to expect.

Start introducing routines similar to those in preschool. Teach your child independence, such as eating, dressing, and washing hands by themselves. This will help your child feel more confident and independent.

Remember, your attitude is crucial. If you are positive and confident that everything will go well, your child will also feel more assured.


How to prepare yourself?

Gather as much information as possible about the preschool your child will attend. Talk to the teachers, other parents, and read available materials. The more you know, the less you will worry.

Prepare yourself emotionally for this moment. It is natural to worry, but it is important not to transfer these fears to your child. Remember that preschool is a place where your child will develop and learn new things.

Be supportive for your child in the first days of preschool. Show understanding, talk about their emotions, and reassure them that everything will be fine. Your support and confidence will be a great help for your child.


Preschool readiness is a process that requires involvement from both parents and the child. Good preparation and a positive attitude can make this new stage in life full of joy and interesting experiences. Remember, preschool is not just a duty, but above all, a place where a child can develop, learn, and make their first friendships. Give your little ones the best start you can.



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