Lots of children go to daycare from infancy, and many quality daycares offer a preschool component as the kids develop. There is one primary difference between quality child care and preschool, child care provides preschool, but preschool does not provide care. Children can often start preschool around age 2-1/2. But just because they hit that magical age it does not necessarily mean they are ready. There are some real developmental, emotional and social reasons for holding off a bit and Offspring
has highlighted a few of those developmental benchmarks:
- have they mastered potty basics?
- can they wash their hands and feed themselves?
- are they emotionally ready to separate?
- are they ready for a classroom setting: sharing, sitting still, following directions and taking turns?