Ages three to five are crucial for a child. It’s during these years that your son or daughter begins to understand the world around them. As you probably see on a daily basis, preschoolers are still learning how to make friends, how to control their bodies/emotions, and how to solve a simple problem.

At Tiny Turtles Preschool, we understand the importance of parents helping build a solid foundation for their child’s future growth and development. Let’s take a closer look at five things every preschooler needs to thrive, as referenced from Aha Parenting:

Structure

Regular routines help kids feel safe and comfortable. While you can’t control your kiddo’s schedule in the classroom, you can ensure more predictability at home. We recommend starting with regular meal and bedtime routines and going from there.

Maybe you’re wondering, “Do I really have to be a rigid parent?” In short, the answer is no. That said, your son or daughter does need to know what to expect. This will help them tackle developmental challenges inside and outside the classroom.

Sufficient sleep

We all need sufficient sleep to stay healthy and perform at optimal levels. This is even more true for preschoolers. If your little one is having trouble with bedtime, consider developing a routine (there’s that word again) that allows them to wind down and relax.

Don’t let bad sleep habits get in the way of your child’s success. Contact their pediatrician if you can’t remedy the situation on your own.

A healthy diet

It’s no secret that children need frequent small meals throughout the day. As a preschooler, your son or daughter should know how much they need to eat. That’s why it’s important to have plenty of healthy, nutrition-packed foods available in the house.

Have concerns about a picky eater? Keep in mind that children typically try more foods as their taste buds mature. Again, as long as they choose healthy foods that meet their physical needs, there’s no need to worry.

Interaction time with parents

This is another big one. Between learning facts and emotional self-regulation, your preschooler’s brain is experiencing rapid growth and consolidation. As a parent, you can play a major role in such activity.

Let’s say your child is building a train track or tower on the floor. The nurturing support you offer during the project will undoubtedly create an emotional connection between the two of you. One more thing here: It’s perfectly ok to just relax on the couch with your kiddo and read them a book.

Downtime

Think about how stimulating the world is for a moment. It seems as though every message is delivered in a loud, in-your-face sort of way. Frankly, it’s easy for a preschooler to feel overwhelmed in today’s world.

This is where the importance of downtime comes into play. Downtime doesn’t mean setting your child up in front of the TV or Ipad, either. Give them the chance to play and regroup in the safety and comfort of their home.

Check Out Our Jupiter, FL Preschool

Your child deserves to attend a preschool that’s dedicated to the development of students. At Tiny Turtles Preschool of Jupiter, our creative curriculum is based upon the natural ways in which children learn. Throughout the year, students work through units involving computer labs, reading, writing, arts and crafts, math, science, music, physical education, dramatic play, and more.

That’s not the only reason to consider Tiny Turtles, though. In addition to our one-of-a-kind curriculum, we also offer free nutritional meals cooked fresh daily. Students receive one breakfast, one hot lunch, and a healthy snack.

We are also proud to be one of the safest preschools in the area. We require parents to be physically buzzed into the reception area where they are greeted by our front office staff. Parents must also sign in and out using our security software system.

You can feel comfortable knowing the Tiny Turtles playground cannot be accessed without entering through a security pad located high above the doorknobs. Lastly, we have panic buttons at the front entrance of each reception area.

If you’ve been researching preschool education and childcare centers, be sure to check out Tiny Turtles.