Benefits of sending your child to a playgroup

Written by Julia Gorham

One of the first challenges that parents have to face is whether to send their children to a Playgroup or to leave them at home with Child Carers.


Benefits of sending your child to a Playgroup:


  • Becomes more independent, building of confidence and able to deal with separation .
  • Learns to stand on his/her own feet.
  • Learns to handle conflicts.
  • Breaks co-dependency on the care giver.
  • Grows in self esteem.
  • Learns relationship skills and life skills,
  • Interacts with other children. Learns how to share, take turns etc.
  • Learns to handle change.
  • Exposure to stimulating learning materials.
  • School readiness skills.
  • Develops learns new skills.
  • Discovers own strength and increases confidence.
  • Termly assessments on your child’s emotional, intellectual grow and fine motor development.
  • Discovers their own interests.
  • Daily participation in fine, gross, sensory, art and cognitive activities.
  • Participation in the school’s extra murals.
  • Learns social graces with others.
  • Participation with songs, story time, dancing, music, facts about weekly themes, circle time and developing a good routine.


Drawbacks of not sending your child to a Playgroup:


  • Does not learn to interact or make friends.
  • Stays protected at home and do not learn about life.
  • Slower development of self.
  • Future resistance to change.
  • Not prepared to handle conflict.
  • Does not grow mentally.
  • Growth in self-esteem is stunted.
  • Does not learn to share, co-operate within a group or follow instructions from other adults
  • Not exposed to stimulating planned activities.
  • Because the child is in a protected environment, the child has a limited opportunity to grow his/her own independence.
  • Limited exposure to learn and accept different cultures.
  • Plays less.
  • Experiences life mainly inside the safety of the home environment.
  • Limits child’s interests.
  • Has less role models.
  • Minimises child’s own potential.
  • Unlimited exposure to negotiate with his/her peers.
  • Limited interaction with the opposite sex.
  • Do not take part in concerts, extra murals etc.
  • Only develops their intelligence in certain areas.
  • Remains placed in “cotton wool” and not placed in the real world with exposure to different experiences.
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