Candid Chat with Tejal Gutka on Parenting

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Tejal Gutka, a mother from Matunga West, shares her experience with First Crayon ( of finding her child’s first school.

How did you decide at what age to send your child to their first school?

According to me, 30 months is an appropriate age to send a child to preschool. I decided according to commonly accepted age levels. I have heard that Playgroup is for 2 to 3 years, Nursery is for 3 to 4 years, and Jr. Kg is 4 to 5 years, and Sr. Kg is 5 to 6 years.

What were your information sources during the preschool search process? Which source was the most valuable?

I started my research by using online sources. After shortlisting preschools in my vicinity, I visited them personally. The first-hand information helped me make my final decision.

What were your 3 most important factors while choosing a preschool? Why?

Hygiene, curriculum and teaching methods are my preferred factors for choosing a preschool. Hygiene is the most important because I don’t want my child to fall ill. The right curriculum and teaching methods will ignite a passion for learning in my child. This love for learning will help my child to absorb more and be ahead of the rest.

What is the one thing that you feel you did really well during your preschool search, and other mothers should learn from you?

I gave importance to teaching methods while choosing a preschool for my child. Everyone has different priorities for choosing a preschool — make sure to concentrate on the priorities that are right for you, your child, and your family.

What changes do you see in your child after going to preschool?

Attending preschool made my child more outgoing. She also started to show more signs of independence.

What is your most important tip for parents to prepare their child and themselves for the first day of preschool?

My tip is not for the first day, but for the first week. The first week is the hardest for children as they are going through a new experience. Even if they are having a good time, they might be unsettled because of changes in routine. Things can change from day to day. Talk to them daily and try to understand how they are feeling.

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