Our preschool program at Chatsworth Hills Academy will start accepting young scholars as early as two years old! Although two years of age is the most common time for a toddler to start a pre-kindergarten program, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your son or daughter is ready for the structure of CHA’s curriculum!
Readiness for preschool at Chatsworth Hills has more to do with where your child is developmentally, and not dependent upon their age alone. Is your toddler outwardly social with family members and children his or her own age? Do you think your child is emotionally ready to handle the daily structure of a schedule and a classroom? Questions like these are important to ask yourself when deciding whether or not it’s the right time to start applying to a preschool.
Your Child’s Readiness For Chatsworth Hills Academy
At CHA, our experienced faculty and staff have put together a list of questions and concerns you should consider before applying to our preschool program, helping guide you on a path to understanding your child’s readiness for the structure and socialization of a private preschool:
Is Your Toddler Showing Signs Of Independence?
At Chatsworth Hills Academy, our preschool programs require children to have basic cognitive skills, such as being potty-trained or having the ability to wash their hands after painting. Other signs of cognitive independence are your child’s ability to eat lunch without assistance, or their capability to sleep without the presence of their parents.
Time Spent Away From Mom and Dad
If your toddler has been cared for by a babysitter or a relative, he or she will be better prepared to separate from you when attending Chatsworth Hills Academy. Kids who are used to spending time away from their parents often jump directly into preschool without a worry in sight!
If your child hasn’t had many opportunities to be away from you, you might want to schedule small blocks of time to start getting them used to the separation – a weekend with the grandparents, or a day with their aunt and cousins will help get them started and ready for the separation that preschool entails.
Your Child’s Ability To Focus
Preschool at Chatsworth Hills Academy involves a plethora of projects that require concentration and the ability to focus on an individual task. If your toddler likes to doodle at home or gets engrossed in puzzles and other activities on their own, he or she is a good candidate for our preschool program!
Before you apply to our preschool program at CHA, start preparing your child early by setting up extended periods of solo playtime, giving them the chance to entertain themselves. Gradually build up to longer stretches of play, as the main goal is for your son or daughter to keep themselves moderately preoccupied with an activity without too much hand-holding.
Is Your Toddler Used To A Consistent Schedule?
Our preschool program at Chatsworth Hills Academy follows a predictable routine: circle time, play time, snack time, recess, and lunch; and there’s a good reason for this! Young children tend to feel most comfortable and in control when the same things happen at the same time each day.
If your child doesn’t keep to a routine schedule, and each day is different from the previous, it can help to start standardizing his or her days before you apply to our program. Offer all three of your toddler’s meals on a regular timetable, plan a visit to the park each afternoon, or set – and stick with – a consistent bedtime routine.
The Early Childhood Curriculum At Chatsworth Hills Academy
The Early Childhood curriculum at Chatsworth Hills Academy is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), meaning that most teaching and learning will engage children in active and inquiry-based learning. The PYP curriculum model is based on the constructivist approach, where it is recognized that young learners have beliefs about how the world works based on previous experiences and memories. Our primary goal at CHA is for our preschool students to make connections from prior knowledge, and encourage them to think critically through wonder and imagination.
Around the age of two, young children constantly strive to make sense of their surrounding environment. At CHA, our PYP curriculum and classroom layout provide a safe environment for your child to explore new ideas, engage with their peers, and also autonomously focus on individual tasks. Our expert faculty will guide students through age-appropriate group activities and self-directed learning centers, helping your child grow into an independent global thinker.
Contact CHA Today To Enroll In Our Preschool Program!
Oftentimes, it can be a challenge to figure out if your child is ready for a private preschool program. By examining your toddler’s personality and behaviors closely, you will be able to identify whether or not they are ready for the structures of a preschool curriculum: signs of independence, the ability to focus on an individual task, maintaining a consistent schedule, and having the ability to spend time away from mom and dad are some of the most obvious traits of a young scholar who’s ready to attend preschool at Chatsworth Hills Academy! If you are noticing your toddler becoming independent, and you think he or she is ready for our Primary Years Programme, don’t hesitate to contact us today to start our application process!