Sending your child or children to preschool does have certain advantages. Exactly what those advantages are can vary somewhat from child to child and from preschool to preschool, but on average you will find that there are advantages to preschool.
One of the biggest advantages of preschool can be the opportunity that your child or children will have to interact with other children in a social way. These sorts of interactions provide opportunities to develop critical social skills, such as learning how to take turns, learning how to listen, and learning how to wait. These social skills could certainly come by interacting with other children of their age outside of the preschool setting, but the preschool setting is specifically designed so that these skills can be encouraged.
Another of the advantages of preschool is that preschool can provide some of the very basic building blocks for later academic learning and achievement. Preschool will expose your child or children to music, phonics, math, and any number of other academic subjects.
In addition, preschool may also be a place where your child or children can just have a good time. While this may not sound like a unique advantage, think about it this way: in your home setting, it can be a challenge to provide interesting activities for your child all day every day. In addition, the rest of the family has commitments, from work to the dishes to homework, and the preschool-aged child will often find that there isn’t really anyone to entertain them. If the child is having a good time when he is at preschool, he will be better equipped to handle those times that aren’t nearly as exciting when he is at home.
Preschool has advantages over daycare, as well. Daycare does not generally provide the academic support that preschool does. If daycare is home-based, daycare can also become unavailable when a provider is sick. With preschool, you don’t generally have to worry about this happening, as when a preschool teacher is sick someone else, such as a substitute teacher, steps in.