Are you planning to move your little one to a big school? Putting children in to a big school at an early age can be damaging. Most children at the age of 3 are usually too young to make the transition to BIG school. However if you’ve decided that your child should start BIG school, you need to consider your child’s unique abilities. Focus on your child’s development, communication skills, motor skills and physical skills. Children should be strong physically, emotionally and cognitively to perform well in a large environment.

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Ask yourself the following questions before making any decision:

Can my child;

* Stay quiet and attentive for increasingly prolonged periods of time?

* Play well with other children with minimal fighting or crying?

* Use the toilet and wash hands without supervision?

* Say their name, address and contact number of a parent?

* Help in tidying up after activities?

* Open / close lunchbox?

* Put belongings in / out of the schoolbag independently?

* Change clothes independently?

According to International comparisons and psychological research (Play in evolution and Development), children at the age of 3 are too young to fulfill the above-mentioned conditions. Whereas research (Moving up the Grades) says that it is better to start BIG school at a later age. Most European countries, UK and even in the US, it is the law to send the children to school at the age of 5 or above. Therefore parents should not hurry in putting children into big school at the age children are not prepared. It is recommended to send children (between the ages of 3 to 6) to Early Learning Centres that run FS2 classes.

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