Not all preschools are created equal. There are some that accept children only from the age of five while other accept younger kids around age three or four years old. So don’t be surprised if you go to a preschool and you find out that your kid may still be too young to start or join any type of class.
Depending on the preschool, there are also part-time and full-time classes. Part-time classes are usually for kids who only need to spend half of the day at a preschool since their parents can have the hours to take care of them the rest of the day. As for full-time classes, these are for kids who start early in the morning and leave around in the afternoon, usually before 5pm once their parents are already available after their work to take their kids again.
Let’s take a closer look at the different classes you can have at a preschool:
Classes for babies
Not all preschools offer classes for babies because this essentially is like a day care setup. When the kids are really young such in the case of babies, the school will need more resources in terms of teachers and teacher assistants in order to really focus on the babies. This means the ratio of the teachers to student is very low, like around one is to one or one is to two. So in this case, offering classes for babies can really require a lot of manpower and that means also more money spent on salaries and facilities for the babies.
Classes for Toddlers
Most preschools if not all offer a lot of classes for toddler for both part-time and full-time schedules. When you handle toddler classes there needs to also be a high demand for teachers who can take care of the kids because toddlers can also be very active and have a tendency to be so curious with the things around them. Therefore, you need at least two teachers to take watch at the toddlers to make sure they do not wonder and start chewing whatever they can get their hands on.
For toddler classes, the ages of the kids can be mixed and there are usually a lot more activities that are focused on play and interaction. These play activities are designed to help the toddlers develop their primary skills like language and vocabulary, motor skills, and of course social skills.
Classes for Older Kids
These classes are usually for kids aged four or five and up. For these classes, usually there will be just one homeroom teacher and a teacher assistant if necessary. But if the class is just a small class, usually one teacher can handle the children.
There are also many activities for playing but these would be mixed with formal teaching classes where the kids will have to focus on the teacher’s lecture and really start to form their opinions and memorize some important concepts that will help them prepare for elementary school.