Filling up of forms. Posting on social media for reviews of different schools and the list goes on. The panic has already set in. The anxiety levels are high of the PARENTS and more than the CHILD. The latest. Hot. High on the list topic of discussion is NURSERY ADMISSIONS.
Parents constantly search for the best formal school for their child, not keeping in mind their little ones readiness for the 'BIG SCHOOL'. School Readiness is a very common term, but what does it actually mean?
Parents are often confused with the term 'readiness'
For some it means able to read or write or in other words their child possesses advanced literacy, numeracy and cognitive skills for his/ her age.
For some it means their child is toilet trained, so he is ready.
For some they feel that their child’s motor skills are fully developed and so on.
Every child is unique and different and they develop their skills at their own pace. Readiness for each child for that matter will be different too. We as parents cannot compare our children with other kids of the same age or to how our own siblings were at that stage.
Children who have had the exposure and experience in a preschool environment prior to the new school will maybe more adaptable when they move to formal school.
The transition from a preschool to a BIG SCHOOL can be very challenging for the child as well as the parent.
Parents try and seek guidance from the Preschool teacher to understand the preparedness of their child irrespective of the age factor. Ideally, parents along with the preschool teacher can decide if the child is ready for the transition.
Parents also have their own bucket full of anxieties. These days parents are under tremendous pressure at their work place to meet their professional goals. That also is one of the reasons for them to look for a big school for their child as it relieves them of admission anxiety. The peer pressure from Co -workers or friends also adds up to their anxiety and confusion.
Did you fill up the forms for your child? A common question in discussion over a cup of coffee in office or while waiting to take your child from preschool.
The fear of not getting admission and a year being wasted or few or non-availability of seats in the next session. Their friends or relatives have filled up the form for their child who is of the same age as their child and they haven't. And the list goes on.
This transition or movement is an important milestone in a child's life and parents should prepare their child for this new phase with utmost care and thought.
Interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
Development of social skills
Development of motor skills
Independence and self-reliant
And the most important Emotional development.
Remember, they might be ready intellectually not EMOTIONALLY
Parents, must remain calm and cool and make sure their stress and anxiety is not passed down to the child. Make it an enjoyable experience for the child as he /she takes this BIG STEP.