Pros & Cons of Sending Your Child to Pre-School

Sending your child to preschool is a personal choice that every family must choose for themselves. Personally now that I am a Stay At Home Mom I have been actively contemplating homeschooling Madison. While I know that she will have more interaction with kids her own age in pre-school, Homeschooling is still something I want to do. I've been reading a lot of homeschooling blogs lately and the joys of homeschooling seems infinite, but I also have to think, do I want to be home 24/7 with a toddler? So let us look into the pros and cons of sending your child to pres-school today if that's something you may want to do.

Pros of Sending Your Child to Preschool

1. Your child gets time to interact with kids his or her age.

2. Your preschooler has time to adjust to being with other adults and children who are different from him or her.

3. Your preschooler is going to learn many academic concepts that will prepare them for kindergarten.

4. Exposure to the alphabet, numbers, and other basic learning concepts.

5. The preschooler will learn how to follow directions of adults.

6. Preschoolers are introduced to different types of sensory environments.

7. They learn to make their own decisions.

8. Preschoolers are able to build and maintain their own relationships and friendships.

9. Children have a chance to “be themselves.” For example: create artwork that expresses their individuality.

10. Introduced to a variety of “worlds” that are not available in a normal home environment.

Cons of Sending Your Child to Preschool

1. Paying a monthly or yearly fee that puts a strain on your family’s budget. I recently checked out a pre-school for Madison and was told that 2 days a week would cost me $175 - OUCH!

2. Spending time commuting to and from preschool. (Most preschoolers only last 2-3 hours in the morning or afternoon).

3. Spending time away from your preschooler for a few hours a week. Actually I'm thinking this might be a PRO for me but those parents who love having their kids around, this might be a CON.

4. Allowing your child to be influenced by someone other than you or your spouse.

5. Placing your child in an environment that has other children (not every child is well behaved).

For most people, the pros of preschool outweigh the cons. The best part of preschool is that your child gets to learn quite a bit while they’re there. Honestly, some children learn better when they are not trying to pick up concepts from their own parents.

The best thing you can do for your child is give it a trial run to see if preschool is for them. Some parents put their preschooler in at the age of 3 and some parents wait until their child is 4. Whenever you decide to put your child in preschool, you can’t go wrong.

If you choose not to put your child in preschool that’s okay too. Some children do perfectly okay not spending time in preschool before kindergarten.

What choice did you make when it came to sending your child to preschool?

Annmarie John


  1. For me, the pros far outweighed the cons - and preschools here are a lot more than $175 for 2 days a week.

  2. I opted out, but then I sent my youngest to Kindergarten too early. We ended up holding him back. He's in 1st grade right now and reading at a 5th grade level, and doing Math at a 4th grade level, so holding him back was the right thing to do. I think if he'd have gone to preschool though, he would have been more socially ready for Kindergarten when the time came.

  3. Both my girls went to pre-school and got to be honest, I am happy I sent them, especially my oldest who was a bit more introverted and shy, as it did help to bring her out of her shell and socialize with other kids daily her age, as well as be away from me a bit so the adjustment to kindergarten wasn't too great either.

  4. I never really thought about the cons of going to preschool. I don't have children yet, so this was a really informative post.

  5. We wrestled with this, too - big time. In the end, we opted for two days a week at a play curriculum-based preschool (8 kids total) mostly for the social aspect of it. Our little one is an only child, so we thought the interaction with other kids was the deciding factor to start her when she's 4.

    Great post weighing the PROs and CONs - it's a tough decision, indeed. Shared!

  6. It's tough! We sent Scarlet to a standard preschool for two years. Now Des is old enough to go but I want him to have a second year of daycare and then only one year in a big preschool class before kindergarten. He's a different kid so I hope it works.

  7. They are so capable at that age. They soak everything right up and want more.

  8. Kids are open to so much. It is really up to the parents to decide.

  9. Funny thing I sent my third child to preschool much sooner than my first. Guess I got more interested in the free time by then.

  10. I like the way you started by saying its a personal choice. I agree with both aspects of the Pros and Cons ...

  11. We tried so many before we finally found one we liked. It was really helpful to the kids!

  12. It's s tough decision to send your child to school. For our boys we've taken into account each child and have done what is best for each of them.

  13. Definitely a tough decision for many! Great look at both sides of it!

  14. I sent my daughter to preschool. It helped her advance a lot in her learning, and she had a lot of fun!

  15. I weighed a lot of these pros and cons when sending myyoungest to pre-school. I am so glad I went with the pros! He is doing so well and flourishing! It's a good fit for him.

  16. My boys didn't go to preschool and I taught them. I sent my girls and they loved it.

  17. None of my kids went to preschool. The only hindrance was that they were a little awkward socially at first, but they quickly got up to speed.

  18. I've been contemplating this recently mainly because of the social aspects of it. I'm still praying about it and know there are pros and cons just like you listed. Great breakdown!

  19. As a working mom, my daughter went to preschool for three years. I think it was a great learning experience for her.

  20. I don't have human kids but I would definitely need to think it through if I did regarding preschool.

  21. My son grew so much during his pre school years The pros out weighted the cons for us.

  22. We did preschool with my kids. It is worth paying for. (I also pay Catholic school tuition now so I'm quite use to paying for school).

  23. I'll be homeschooling my youngest starting in a little over a week from now and I'm so looking forward to it! We do lots of outings and extra-curricular activities so she gets to play with other children her age at those times. I want to teach my children. I want to lay the framework and foundation on which their lives are built. Then slowly, as they grow I will release them bit by bit so they can navigate the world on their own!

    However, being a former early childhood educator, I would say this pros and cons list is great. Another con though... all the illnesses!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  24. My son went to daycare since I worked, but I took him out over the past few months to get some time together. HE will go back to preschool when he turns three part time. I think it will be a good balance!


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