What Age Do Kids Start School in Malaysia?

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As a parent, you may be wondering if your kid is ready to learn all of the preschool basics. Before you make that decision of sending him to school, you should find out if he can focus on learning even with other kids in class.

Moreover, you might want to pay a visit to a kindergarten, homeschool, or a private or international school to find out more about the environment, facilities, curriculum, teachers, school fees and more.

It’s important to note that age is not the only factor to consider when determining whether or not your kid is ready for school. It does, however, play a significant role in determining preschool readiness.

While most preschools accept kids as young as three years old, there are a few essential questions you should ask yourself before enrolling your child in one.


1. Can your child spend some time apart from you?

If your child isn’t used to being away from you, consider letting him spend a short period of time with a babysitter, family member, or relative without you. Allow him to be away from you for a day or half with his grandparents or an outing with his aunt.

Incorporate a particular routine that you would say or do for him, such as a hug or a high five, and let him know what to expect while he’s away from you. It helps them deal with separation anxiety and lets them adapt to a new situation on their own in small doses without you.


2. Is your child capable of doing some tasks on his own?

If your child can play with toys or do anything on his own at home without a lot of hand-holding or coddling, he’s ready for school. If your child has a hard time doing things on his own, think about setting up playtimes for him to do something for a while.

You could, for example, let him play with Lego bricks while you’re doing the dishes. This helps them become more self-reliant so that they can go on their own without a lot of help.


3. Does your child follow instructions?

Preschool does not have the same level of seriousness as primary and secondary school. However, because of the various tasks your child may be expected to learn prior to his or her preschool enrollment, it is critical that your child understand how to follow directions.

He may be expected to walk in a line with other children, clean up after themselves, and adhere to specific food rules.

If you see that your child is having problems following directions, begin by teaching them minor duties around the house, such as cleaning up mails or clearing the table.

When assigning responsibilities, keep in mind that the most crucial factor is regularity, which means it must be something they can accomplish on a daily basis.


4. Is your child good at interacting with other children?

Most preschools require children to participate in group activities, such as “circle time,” which is required of all pupils. They would be playing musical instruments, listening to stories, or even playing during these times. As a result, your child’s ability to participate in group activities is critical.

Many children under the age of three may not have grown sufficiently to concentrate and play with other children. If your child readily interacts with other children, he or she is ready to begin preschool.

You can help your child prepare by setting up playdates with other parents of children his or her age in the area.


5. What is your child’s level of comfort with physical (sport) activities?

There are many things to discover in life, and they are not limited to a secular setting. When your child begins preschool, there will be a plethora of activities (e.g., field trips, arts and crafts, science projects, sensory play, and more) involved.

Consider whether your child would be able to handle such activities, or if he would be exhausted and irritable the next day.

If he’s active and can last all day like a wind-up toy, chances are he’ll be able to handle the physical demands of preschool. If your child becomes quickly fatigued and needs a nap after each activity, he may not be ready and will require support.

As such, put him in a half-day program to help him get used to the hustle and bustle of a school setting. As he gets more comfortable, you can lengthen the school day as he gets used to it.


Final Takeaway

Every child is unique and has a different growth pattern; some children develop quickly, while others develop more slowly.

That does not, however, imply that your child will never be able to develop. Allow your child to grow up in a loving home setting before enrolling him or her in preschool.

For more information about enrolling your child into preschool at a private or international school, feel free to get in touch with our friendly and helpful counsellors for a school tour.