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Teachers is there a difference between kids who have been to preschool & those who have not?

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winemummy1 Sun 17-Jan-16 17:14:39

Asking this as my DC adores her couple of mornings in preschool, she has learned so many soft skills eg learning how to join in, sharing, listening etc & she loves it
Have a friend who refuses to send her DD says she learns much more at home with her & she prefers her DD socialising with adults...
Each to their own but I'm just wondering do teachers notice a difference between kids who have been to a preschool for a couple of years & those who haven't?

Jesabel Sun 17-Jan-16 17:17:53

Large scale, long term research has shown that high quality pre-school does make a difference, and that difference carries on throughout primary school. Difficult to say how obvious that difference is on an individual basis.

A high quality home learning environment has a greater impact than pre-school though.

winemummy1 Sun 17-Jan-16 17:23:29

Yea I just find it interesting, friend does not want think socialising with peers is important & feels it's better to be at home, (think the mum may have some issues separating from her dd) I know there's no right or wrong but said mum is a qualified 2nd level teacher so I thought maybe I was missing something...

ArmchairTraveller Sun 17-Jan-16 17:40:46

Depends on the skills; no pre-school means that you may have a child that hits reception knowing letters, sounds and able to do up their own buttons. However, they may struggle with being in unstructured social situations, or dealing with other children who are challenging or have additional needs.
Or indeed, sharing the adults with 29 other children, and it not always being their turn first.

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