Neurologists suggest that first 5 years play a vital role in a child’s brain development. Many people argue over the fact that kindergarten or preschool education is unnecessary and mere waste of taxpayer’s money, as the knowledge imparted in these programs can be imparted by the parent’s themselves at home also. But researches have shown that children who joined preschool behaved better and adapted quickly to the environment at school than those who didn’t.
Critics’ point of view
Many critics of early childhood education argue over the differences in children who went to preschool and those who directly joined school. According to them preschool education could help the children in a shorter run, probably a couple of years but on a longer run there is no difference and even children who didn’t go to preschool are better sometimes than those who went to a preschool. To a major extent they are correct also, but with working parents you cannot completely rely on babysitters too. At this tender age children mold into the environment which they get whether it is positive or negative, so they can’t be left alone in the custody of a stranger throughout the day. In such cases preschool is a wiser and safer choice to make, because teachers are better custodians than babysitters, and they have the desired experience in handling children.
In certain researches it has been found that children enrolled in preschools have developed a higher IQ than their peers. Other researches have also established the fact that children attending preschool developed a quicker learning habit than their peers. Likewise, some researchers have also established the fact that children who went to preschool got better grades, completed their education without any backlogs and ended up being responsible citizens without committing any crime during adolescence. Government has no significant role to play in making a decision on behalf of parents, the parents must be the ones deciding whether their child needs pre schooling or not and whether he will learn more with them at home, or without them in a classroom.
The differences in opinion of parents will always exist but any kind of learning whether it is at a school or home is always helpful and is necessary. Now it’s up to the parents to decide whether they can devote sufficient time to engage with their child in playful activities or not. If they can devote the time then there is nothing better than that but if they can’t they must start looking for a playschool, otherwise it will be very difficult both for the parents and the kid later when he joins school.