Preschool (2-6)

 

Development & Behaviour

Is your tot addicted to your smartphone?

It may be good at distracting the kids but is it as harmless as you think or should you be worried about how much time your toddler spends on a digital device?

FAQs

Q&A: How can I encourage my child to interact with others?

Educational child psychologist, Sheryl Cohan answers a reader who is worried about their child's social skills.

Fun

From classics to new stories: new books for your 3- to 6-year-old to discover

Journey to a Hundred Acre Woods or see how Ricky becomes a part of the river pride. These are new books for your 3-6 year old being released this year.

Development & Behaviour

School at 3? "Let my kids be kids, president Macron"

After French president Emmanuel Macron announced his plans to make school compulsory for children from the age of 3, our readers responded, some agreeing and some wishing we'd just let our kids be kids.

Care

Dangerous children's toys and hazards to look out for

With their 2017 list of toys most likely to cause harm and injury, World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H) mentions the potential dangers we should look out for on our next trip to the toy store.

Development & Behaviour

How to help your little one to not be racist

While we know that babies make categorisations based on race, the attitudes that children develop as they grow up are based on what they are taught at a very young age. Nathalia Gjersoe explains one thing that's for sure though: "We are not naturally inclined to be racist".

Care

How do I get my child to stop eating toothpaste?

Eating strawberry-flavoured anything can be rather tempting, but swallowing large amounts of toothpaste, particularly with high levels of fluoride, can make your children very sick. Here are a few tips to help them fight the temptation and practise good tooth brushing for healthy, sparkly teeth.

Development & Behaviour

Children must go to school aged 3, says French president Macron

All children in France and its overseas territories must attend school from the age of 3 from next year.

Development & Behaviour

Are you raising a brat? You have to read this

There’s a thin line between confident and annoyingly entitled, as Margot Bertelsmann discovers

Development & Behaviour

Want to raise a child with a good head for numbers?

Make maths easy for your mini by making mathematical concepts part of your everyday life.

Care

What are school sores and how do you get rid of them?

If you've spotted these strange little blisters on your preschooler's nose, mouth, arms or legs, don't be alarmed. Here's how to treat and monitor impegtigo.

Development & Behaviour

Boost your toddler's brain power by "bridging minds"

Learn about the bridging minds concept and how can you use it to boost your child's emotional, language and cognitive development.

Development & Behaviour

Watch what happens when this little girl sings to her brother who has Down syndrome

A mom caught this heartwarming moment on camera and it shows just how powerful music can be. Parent24 spoke to a registered music therapist, Caley Garden, to find out how and why this form of therapy is so beneficial for people with cognitive difficulties.

Development & Behaviour

Disciplining your child in public

What do you do if your child flies into a rage in public? Should you give in or discipline them?

Care

The cost of home-schooling your preschooler

If you've decided to home-school your little one, you'll find this list of expenses super useful.

Care

Is it a good idea to share a bed with your child?

All too soon your baby has become a toddler but he still wants to sleep with you. How do you then get children to make the transition to their own bed?

Care

Parent's guide: What to teach your preschooler about internet safety

Internet safety in early childhood is a new area of research because, until now, children as young as four weren’t able to easily access the internet.

Fun

Blocks are still the best presents you can buy kids this Christmas

Christmas lists usually include the latest and greatest technology, but building blocks help our small ones develop necessary fine motor, social, language and cognitive skills.

Development & Behaviour

Yes! You can homeschool your preschooler

You don't have to send your child to preschool. They can get ready for big school right at home.

Care

'My granddaughter is a spoilt brat': a frustrated grandma's week-long nightmare

This grandmother loves her granddaughter. But after the three-year-old stayed with her for a week, she's not sure she likes the little girl very much.

Development & Behaviour

How to help little ones conquer night-time fears

Children with a sensitive temperament are likely to become more anxious.

Fun

WATCH: Preschooler doing the Dougie to the ABCs

This preschooler broke out some serious moves at his annual school concert, and the video's been seen more than 9 million times.

Parenting

Great Parent24 stories to kick off your week and school holiday

ICYMI: Check out our top stories for the week.

Development & Behaviour

It happened to me: When your toddler prefers the company of adults

Does your toddler prefer the company of adults over socialising with their peers?
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