What Parents Should Know About Preschool Class Size

What Parents Should Know About Preschool Class Size

As a parent, choosing a preschool for your child can be a daunting task. One of the 

most important factors that parents should consider is the class size. The size of the class has a significant impact on your child’s learning experience. In this article, let us  discuss what parents should know about preschool class sizes and how it can affect your child’s learning.

What Is Class Size Ratio?

Imagine your child in a classroom surrounded by other children, all vying for the teacher’s attention. Class size ratio refers to the number of children in the class divided by the number of teachers. For instance, a ratio of 8:1 means eight children for every teacher. When it comes to preschoolers, the ideal ratio is 6:1 or less. This is because young children require a lot of attention and support, and a smaller class size allows for more individualised attention and care from the teacher.

How Does Class Size Affect Learning?

Did you know that class size has a huge impact on your child’s learning? For example, if your child is struggling with a particular subject or skill, the teacher can provide the help they need to catch up in a small class. Plus, a smaller class size means your child are in a more intimate learning environment where the teacher can get to know their unique needs and strengths.

But when classes get too big, it can be worrying for teachers and students alike. Teachers may have a difficult time giving each child the attention they need, which can leave some kids feeling left behind. And with more students in the class, teachers may have to spend more time on classroom management, which can eat into valuable learning time.

Benefits of Smaller Class Sizes

Teamwork helps children build confidence. When children work in teams, they have the opportunity to share their ideas and perspectives, and when these ideas are accepted, it significantly boosts their confidence and self-esteem. In addition, when they work with others to accomplish a task, they gain a sense of accomplishment that further enhance their confidence. By working together, children learn that they have unique skills and abilities that contribute to the success of the team.

Develops Social Skills

Improved academic performance: With a smaller class size, teachers tailor their instructions to meet the individual needs of each child, resulting in improved academic performance. Students in smaller classes also tend to have higher test scores.

Increased engagement and participation: In smaller classes, children are more likely to actively participate in classroom activities and discussions. They tend to feel more comfortable and confident in a smaller group setting. As a result, they are more engaged in the learning process and more likely to remember what they have learnt.

But that’s not all. Smaller classes improve your child’s social skills. In a larger class, it can be challenging for kids to connect with their peers or feel like they’re just one of many. However, in a smaller class, your child can easily form closer relationships with their classmates and teachers, which leads increased confidence and better social skills.

Mulberry Learning's Teacher-to-Child Ratio

At Mulberry Learning, we understand the importance of class size, which is why we keep our class sizes small to enable effective small-group teaching and better care of each child. Our teacher-to-child ratios for each age group ensure that your child receives the personalised attention they need to thrive in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Our teacher-to-child ratios for each age group are as follows:

  • Infant – 1 : 3
  • Playgroup – 1 : 6
  • Nursery 1 – 1 : 8
  • Nursery 2 – 1 : 10
  • Kindergarten 1 – 1 : 12
  • Kindergarten 2 – 1 : 15

So, when choosing a preschool for your child, remember the beauty of small and the many benefits it can offer. Contact us today to learn more about our curriculum and approach to learning.

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