Starting playgroup or preschool
Knowing when your child is ready
Not every toddler is ready for playgroup or preschool at the same age. A child sent too early may be overwhelmed by the experience and unable to make good use of it. As a guide, your child is ready when he can communicate well and is self-reliant enough to be away from you for short periods. If he is still clingy and dependent, leave it a bit longer. You may also want to postpone preschool if there is a new baby in the family, since your toddler may prefer to stay close to you. If you are not sure, you could ask if he can attend for a couple of trial sessions to see how he copes, before deciding whether to send him every day.
It is a help if your toddler can go independently to the toilet. Many preschools turn down children who are still in diapers. For this reason, as well as their greater emotional maturity, girls are often ready for preschool before boys.
Resources: your clever baby by Dr. Carol Cooper