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  Education For preschool  
by: Vandana Agrawal    (INDOlink)

What we call Nursery School in India is PreSchool in America. They are all private schools. Most preschools take children when they turn three. Your child can go to a day care preschool which might either be part-time (8.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.) or full-time (6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.). Of course different preschools may have different hours.

You can start your child part-time with:
2-days a week (usually Tuesday and Thursday)
3-days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
5-days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

If you are a working mom or need that additional time on your hands you might consider a full time preschool. Most preschool day cares open as early as 6.00 a.m. You can choose your own time to drop them off and pick them up, depending on your arrangement with the day care. Facilities that take care of infants and young children (from the age of 3 months to 6 years) are called day care preschools. Once the child starts going to grade 1, then he or she needs to go to after school care facilities. These facilities provide different curriculum suited to your childīs grade level. Most facilities provide a bus schedule to pick up your child from their school.

According to California law, a care giver can have a maximum of twelve children per adult. Some preschools, mostly parent-co-op preschools, have a lesser ratio. In these preschools, one parent of the child is allowed to accompany the child to school once a week. The parent is then assigned a room duty for instance the parent may be asked to supervise the Arts and Craft room, Science room, the Pretend room or Cooking room. Parent co-ops are especially recommended for parents who have separation anxiety from their child and of course vice versa. Parent co-ops offer more free play, more choices and the added advantage of the mixed age groups.

Preschool is the time when the child learns to be more socially and emotionally independent. The main focus of the curriculum is to develop their social and physical skills. The child learns to take pride in his little achievements of learning and doing new things.

In California, parents interview the preschool facilities where as in Manhattan, New York a 2-year-old has to go through numerous interviews with different preschools.
You might consider yourself lucky if you get the preschool of your choice.

What teachers are looking for in the 2-year-olds :

a: How easily the child seperates from the parent.
b: How focused the child is.

The teachers are trying to get a sense of the child as an individual. Some may even ask the toddler to recite a couple of poems (sounds like nursery interviews in Delhi!).