Interviewing 3-year-olds for preschool placement

Filed under: Day Care & Education

The London Times has a parenting blog called Alpha Mummy, on which Sarah Vine has recently posted an interesting discovery: a private prep school for toddlers that interviews children for potential admission.

This is the craziest thing I've ever heard of. My daughter is a fairly verbal 2 1/2 year-old, and the chances of getting a response to the question you asked are 50/50 at best. "What did you do at daycare today?" I ask. "Um. I don't know. I drove a car with my kids all by myself to the store at my purple house -- but there were really big sharks!"

I'm sure to someone that's so enlightened they feel comfortable charging £3,500 (roughly $7,000) a term for a preschool so exclusive that its name appears in public only as T******, answers like this provide insight into a child's innermost potential.

Or maybe there's other criteria. But seriously, who sends their children to schools like this? Do you really think you're giving them some kind of intellectual advantage over other kids? Or is it just that you're deliberately trying to raise a snob?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.