- First-time parents go through a dilemma on the right age to take the children to schools
- Six years old have been suggested to start formal education of children
- Take children to play school or day care centers, but never stress to start learning
- Evaluate whether the children are ready to understand and learn things before sending them to schools
- Create ways for a bonding and healthy time with grandparents which will help the kids to grow better
Sreeja, a mother of three and a half-year-old boy and working in a private company is in a dilemma. Confusion over whether to send the kid to school or not has been haunting the couple for a while.
It is not an isolated case, but almost all young couples who have been in such situations face similar uncertainty on the right age to send the kid to school.
Though many people will have personal inconveniences to disagree, experts are in the opinion that six years of age could be the pertinent time to begin the formal education. For those kids whose birthdays falls in October, November, etc., in the middle of the academic year, educationists advice to wait for another year.
At a time when both parents would be working, sending the child to school have been an option, but experts in the field advice to take the children to play school or Anganwadi where they could spend time without stressing on learning academics.
Pediatricians also share similar views on the subject that children at tender age should be allowed to play. The children have to be prepared for using toilets in the absence of parents, taking food independently, etc. for which six years and above have been suggested as the suitable time.
Spending time with grandparents and creating a bond with them will definitely help the children to grow better. Stories and rhymes from their life will definitely influence the children and imbibe some values in them.