What is the Recommended Age for My Child to Enter the Stimulation Center?

This is one of the first concerns of parents when their children begin to grow, especially since there are now centers of early stimulation where they receive children from a very young age. Let me clarify some mistaken beliefs from the pedagogical aspect on this subject that could help them to make correct decisions regarding the entrance of their children to the stimulation centers:

✓ The Early In the Smarter Kindergarten:
While children who very early enter stimulation centers are in contact with other children and are given different opportunities for stimulation to which they are given at home, etc., allowing them to better train themselves in their learning, to develop better socially, to increase their level of vocabulary, etc., is not a factor that determines their success in the future, as an infant teacher I have had students who were in centers of early stimulation since year and a half and others who simply entered my classroom of three years directly without prior stimulation other than that given by their parents at home and the achievement of development in all areas between both groups has been very relative, ie in some cases of the first group influenced positively but in several cases the development was homogeneous, that is to say, most of times, there was no significant difference between the two groups; indeed, the development of some of those who attended stimulation centers showed a lower development than those who did not.

✓ Most Children Come From Very Small to the Stimulation Center:
One of the most frequently asked questions is why their children do not adapt and cry a lot when others do it easily and without problems by leaving them in stimulation centers and Is that something that parents should learn is that all children are not equal and that crying when they leave them in a completely strange place and with people completely foreign to them is not necessarily a sign that something is wrong with psychosocial development. What could be an opportunity for growth and learning for one child for another could be a time of anxiety and suffering that could affect you in the future.
What is Recommended?
1. Take into account the level of adaptation that our children have and not the physiological age to avoid future fears.
2. Look for preferential stimulation centers where parents are allowed to participate and the distance between them is not abrupt if they present problems of adaptation.
3. It is important that our children be able to communicate if they had for example some kind of accident in the stimulation center or if something that put us on the alert happened to them, this is usually the three years where most children are able even gesturing to answer such questions.
4. Meet the teacher personally, talk to her, ask her the necessary questions to get to know her better as a person and in relation to her character rather than finding out just by her professional training.
5. Know the environments of the stimulation center, observe especially if they provide the appropriate security but are super colorful and cheerful, also observe the furniture and materials they use.

Rosanna Sakuma Arevalo
Master in Educational Administration

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