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Does the child attend the pre-school?

As of four years old, it can be important that the child attends pre-school. A good pre-school should have a pedagogic approach that takes into account how the child lives, learns and develops. It should allow the child to learn to live with the others practising the dialogue and respect among people. For that the school needs to provide:

• Teachers and other well qualified professionals;

• Proper food, hygiene and resting places;

• Places for open air activities;

• Toys of various types, different games; musical instruments, sound system, tapes, records; books, story books, magazines, newspapers;

• Materials such as pencils, paints, glues, scissors, paper, modelling clay, scrape material.

• Pedagogic activities;

• Building with proper premises for the children to do the pedagogic activities, to eat, do their hygiene and rest.

The pre-school should give the opportunity to the child of sharing his/her activities and knowledge with other children and adults and to participate in activities in which reading and writing are used.

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When the family takes part of the activities, attends the school meetings and has meetings with the pre-school professionals, it is contributing for the pre-school education to meet the real needs of the children.

The pre-school is part of the basic education and is the municipality’s duty to provide it.

In places where there are no pre-schools, the Child’s Pastoral Leaders and other community leaderships, together with the families, can get organized to try to obtain from the municipality government this service, which is important for the children’s learning and development.

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When there is a favourable environment for development, the child can develop because he/she participates in the activities done together with the people he/she likes and who like him/her. These activities are daily and are done where he/she lives. Therefore, they make sense to him/her and are important to his/her life.

If the child lives in the country, he/she has more opportunity to learn to take care of animals, to ride on horses. If the child lives in the city, he/she has more opportunity to learn to watch TV, to ride on a bus. If the child lives in a family of faith, he /she learns to love and respect God and her/his next.

Each child will learn, on his/her own way and pace what the people teach him/her. When the child is encouraged and helped by the adults and by other older children to do what he/she still does not know how to do, he/she learns it. The child does not develop alone.

"My child, pay attention to what I am telling you, listen carefully to my words; do not let them out of your sight, keep them deep in your heart." Pro 4: 20-21