In this fast-paced world, as most of us have come to realise, it’s make or break. But if you think that you’re only expected to establish yourselves as adults, think again. Today, even children need to prove their caliber when it comes to securing an admission in that sought-after preschool. Of course, it’s only natural that as parents, you want the best for your child. And unfortunately, the key to success is perhaps the first most important thing yout toddler will be expected to do—tackle that preschool interview. Naturally, this spells panic and stress for parents causing them to put undue pressure on their children. However, there are ways around it. M&B brings you a few tips and tricks to effectively prepare both you and your child for thatlife-changing interview
BY SANIA DHIRWANI
What to do before the interview:
Before you can think of what’s going to happen at the interview, it helps to mentally prepare yourself, and your child before hand. This means, don’t overthink things and have a game plan!
First and foremost, parents should keep in mind that while preparing their child for the interview, they need to be extremely patient so as to not end up making the child fear the interview. Tasneem Mesiwala, director, Serra International Preschool and Childcare, says, “General conversation skills is the key to appearing for an interview. People usually underestimate the confi dence-building aspects just a meaningful conversation can have. If a child indulges in open, stimulating conversations right from birth, have a general chat during an interview will be second nature.” She further adds, “Moreover, the more you allow your child to explore and interact with other kids and even adults, whether at a park, market or even restaurants, the better their communications skills and confidence will be.” Ease your child into thing. Pressurising him to do something will only backfi re as he’s likely to lose confidence.
Do Your Homework
Meet the director before hand and understand what the school requires your child to know. Tasneem says, “A good school curriculum will include all the basic concepts a child must know in his growing years. Colours, shapes, alphabet, numbers, animals, days, months, etc., are some of the basic concepts.” She also adds, “Younger children may be asked to play with other children during the interview, so parents should be prepared to inform their child ahead of time.”
Confi dence Boosters
It is essential for your child to understand that his parents or guardian will not be around for a few hours when he is away at school. The child needs to be mentally prepared. Tasneem advises, “A great way to ensure your child dosn’t lose his nerve, or confi dence is by familiarising him with his surroundings. If possible, take your child to the preschool you want to enroll him in, and show him around. A visit to the school once or twice before the interview, combined with a restful night’s sleep before the interview, will be favourable for a positive session.”