Kathua case: SC to hear two separate pleas at 2 p. When should what age to start preschool child start school? Each school has its own norm leaving parents confused and anxious. How early do parents start looking for schools for their toddlers?
The time when parental anxiety over schooling sets in appears to be receding by the year, and now, it starts when the child just about turns one. Though the department announced norms last January, both for kindergarten and Standard One, the order was altered midway leading to much confusion. Adding to the mess is the varying criteria adopted by the top city-based schools while offering admissions for pre-nursery. Admission age ranges from two years six months to three years 10 months depending on the school. Many managements and teachers say that parents request them to admit children young, citing that their child’s date of birth falls a few months short of the cut-off date.
However, early childhood educators warn that both managements and parents should not enrol children into formal schooling before the age of four. During every admission season, parents plead with us to admit their child even though they are underage, as they fear that they may lose out on one year. But I explain to them that enrolling a child who is not ready for schooling would make it very difficult for the child to cope. Despite this, they insist that we admit them. Another dilemma parents face is whether to enrol their child in the pre-school or nursery section of a full-fledged school. I did not want my child to travel many kilometres and be in a formal school environment. But I took the decision as it would ease the transition to LKG.
Carvalho said that many schools have more seats in LKG as compared to nursery to accommodate children from other pre-schools. Saranya Sundararajan plans to enrol her two-year-two-month-old son in a Montessori pre-school between the age of three and six. I do not want regular schooling as I do not believe in black board-based education in the early years. Trainers without training Whether the parents chose to enrol their child for kindergarten or Montessori, early educators feel that many school managements and pre-schools are not adequately trained. Head of the Department, Early Childhood Education and administration course, VHD Central Institute of Home Science, says that pre-school should not introduce formal writing until the age of five. The fine motor coordination and neuromuscular development of the child would not have set in until five years. There is a need to ensure that pre-schools teach age appropriate skills.