Keeping your Child Beyond 5

Our Preschool is set up for children up to 6 years of age.  We observe enormous benefits for children staying beyond 5, such as:

  1. They are allowed to continue in a familiar environment at a time when many new skills are beginning to emerge.  This   means that the children continue to blossom free of the additional stress of coping with a new environment.
  2.  Every child experiences being the oldest child in the class: they become our leaders for the young ones.  The confidence they develop knowing they are much more capable than the younger children is a delight to see, especially when they eagerly share their skills with the younger children and help them in everyday tasks.  This develops excellent social skills, nurtures their self-esteem, builds their confidence, and gives them a tremendous feeling of independence.
  3. The six year old is much more able to cope with the change of environment than a five year old.  By six they take a change in their stride.  At five they often approach it with apprehension.
  4. The Montessori Curriculum is designed to cater for the developmental needs of children from 3 to 6. We have a full range of materials to ensure that the children continue to progress.  Some of the more advanced materials are generally presented around 5 or after 5, for children who are now showing an interest in such work.

 

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