Pre-schools stress toddlers out

Formal education may have been postponed, but play schools in the name of “personal development” are stressing out toddlers as young as 18 months old. Dr Kalyan Chakravarty, child psychiatrist at Rainbow Hospital warns that a child’s brain has a limited ability to understand concepts and early pressure can hamper their ability to rationalise.



Citing a recent survey that found a direct link between children’s psychological stress, depression and entry into play schools, he says he has handled several cases where parents have brought kids as young as four with complaints of sudden bed-wetting, irritability, thumb sucking and tantrums after they joined school.


“What these schools should realise is that not all kids can cope with equal amounts of pressure and if forced this can over burden them and scar their natural developmental process,” he says. “The child should be allowed to explore natural surroundings and be left free to develop at his or her own pace.”


Written by maald

February 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Posted in Parenting

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