Just wondering what are your thoughts on this? My 2 year old will start at the kindergarten when he turns 3 and I am trying to decide whether he would benefit more from coming home at lunch time, or staying till early afternoon. (so 4 hours vs 7 hours)
I really don't want to give him up full days yet.. but worried I will be holding him back if I don't send him full days. I am a childminder and take care of kids under 3 at home... when he turns 3 he will start at the kindergarten where he will be with kids age 3-6 and most of them stay the whole day.
I should mention that there is a lot of free play at the kindergarten as well as activities which are supposed to develop them. But not sitting at desks. So I am not worried about him spending too much time studying.. just wondering where he ought to have lunch and play in the afternoon--at home with mommy and the 2-3 toddlers I take care of, where he has spent the first 3 years of life, or with his friends. I would love to hear what you would decide.
At least start part-time and if he seems to really love it then switch to longer days.
Entering preschool is a major transition for a small child and going from none at all to all day is too much for lots of kids. So again, at the very least start with half-days and then see where you're at.
Mama since 2010
Multicultural living in Europe
Sounds like a montessori program which groups kids in age ranges, not grades, and they do start at 3. I'm looking at one here for DD (she's 17mos now) and I think we'd have the option of half or full day until she's like 5 or 6. I'd def start with half and go from there, really depends on your kiddo.