Written by Julia Gorham
One of the first challenges that parents have to face is whether to send their children to a Playgroup or to leave them at home with Child Carers.
Benefits of sending your child to a Playgroup:
Becomes more independent, building of confidence and able to deal with separation .
Learns to stand on his/her own feet.
Learns to handle conflicts.
Breaks co-dependency on the care giver.
Grows in self esteem.
Learns relationship skills and life skills,
Interacts with other children. Learns how to share, take turns etc.
Learns to handle change.
Exposure to stimulating learning materials.
School readiness skills.
Develops learns new skills.
Discovers own strength and increases confidence.
Termly assessments on your child’s emotional, intellectual grow and fine motor development.
Discovers their own interests.
Daily participation in fine, gross, sensory, art and cognitive activities.
Participation in the school’s extra murals.
Learns social graces with others.
Participation with songs, story time, dancing, music, facts about weekly themes, circle time and developing a good routine.
Drawbacks of not sending your child to a Playgroup:
Stays protected at home and do not learn about life.
Slower development of self.
Future resistance to change.
Not prepared to handle conflict.
Does not grow mentally.
Growth in self-esteem is stunted.
Does not learn to share, co-operate within a group or follow instructions from other adults
Not exposed to stimulating planned activities.
Because the child is in a protected environment, the child has a limited opportunity to grow his/her own independence.
Limited exposure to learn and accept different cultures.
Experiences life mainly inside the safety of the home environment.
Limits child’s interests.
Has less role models.
Minimises child’s own potential.
Unlimited exposure to negotiate with his/her peers.
Limited interaction with the opposite sex.
Do not take part in concerts, extra murals etc.
Only develops their intelligence in certain areas.
Remains placed in “cotton wool” and not placed in the real world with exposure to different experiences.