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Private or Public Kindergarten?

Today in Georgia day care centers do not complain about lack of children. Parents have a wide choice. They take their children either to private or public kindergarten. Differences between those two institutes are arguable issue for parents, experts and psychologists.  

 

 

The fact that children are brought to kindergarten is caused by many factors, the most important of which is the parents’ work. 

Today in Georgia day care centers do not complain about lack of children. Parents have a wide choice. They take their children either to private or public kindergarten. Differences between those two institutes are arguable issue for parents, experts and psychologists.  

Ekaterine Arevadze takes her little one to public kindergarten.  Before that her child was going to a private one.

Ekaterine compares those two institutes with each other and says that both private and public day care centers have their features. 

“When my child was under 3, I took her to the private kindergarten.  Unlike the public ones private kindergartens have less children, so in my opinion they get more attention.  After age of three, I think public kindergarten is better for a child,” she said. 

Ekaterine told that the meals in both facilities were probably the same, and both kindergartens are controlled and normalized by professionals. 

“Most of private nursery schools are very expensive and many parents can’t afford taking their children there, but it doesn’t mean that in public nursery school tutors are less qualified,” she summed up.

Another woman, Diana Javrishvili, takes her two little children to a private kindergarten.

“Of course the payment is higher as compared with the public ones, but my children are rather small, and I am sure that in private kindergarten they’ll get more attention. They have classroom and special dance and music circles,” she said.

Diana pointed some features of private kindergartens:

“They also learn school and art subjects in private kindergartens. And besides, they will have classes in Russian and English languages next year. And what’s the most important in private kindergartens children are more safe, there is less opportunity for them to catch viruses.” 

To the question if the little ones can fit to mode or not and if mode needs to be soft or strict, a psychologist, Tinatin Varamashvili, answered that the most negative fact is to treat the child as an experimental object. And that it is necessary to make suitable, for a child, social environment in kindergarten, age correlation in groups, so that a child can easily learn, get used to habits of relations with the others.

“Before taking a child to kindergarten we must be sure that the child is ready to stay alone, away from his/her family.  In the beginning it is recommended to leave the child in kindergarten for some hours not for the whole working day,” the psychology Recommends.

According to Tinatin, tutors of kindergarten must never speak to children with commanding tone. They should never make children get to sleep if he/she does not want to.  And also they should never force the little ones eat the whole meal.

Public or Private Kindergarten?

Those two institutes separately own very good features. For example private kindergartens’ privilege is that there are less children and they get more attention. But in public ones may be more tutors and children feel great there too. In private kindergartens more diversity for having fun is available for children.

The learning process itself it is not expedient for little children. In this age a child is not “ready” for learning process and this process may cause some “trauma” that will affect in their future education. It is better to start learning in school with the help of professional teachers.

An expert in this field, Alison Clarke Stewart, summarized literature around this topic and shortly described special principles that parents should consider before taking they little ones to day care centers.

Alison recommends:

  • Kindergarten must be comfortable and safe.
  • There must be one tutor for every 8 children, especially if children are under 3.
  • In day care centers children must have a chance to independently decide which game they want to play.
  • Tutors must always answer children’s questions, demands and always be part of the games and activities.

Clarke Stewart also mentioned that good tutors must have “skills” of parents. They must never make limitations for children without proper reasons.Tutors must be able to see differences between needs of children individually.

If those criteria are satisfied, parents can undoubtedly take their children both to private or public Kindergartens. 

 

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