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I am an Indian currently residing in Mauritius. My husband has been working here since 2003. My daughter will turn 3 this July (2014). As a mother, I am a bit worried about her education. Initially, we decided that we would put her in nursery school in India since we were planning to visit in August. Later, we decided to stay here and put her in a school here in January of next year because the academic year starts then. She is a quick learner and has quickly picked up even on rhymes. At the age 3.5 years she will be going to nursery in Mauritius. Is it right on our part? I am sorry for this but I do not want her to suffer in future.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Rory Alsop, Dariusz, Jeremy Miller, Beofett May 19 '14 at 12:23

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

I don't know that this can really be answered for you. There's nothing wrong with putting a child in preschool/nursery school at that age. There's no requirement to do so, either. Whether you do or not is pretty much a personal decision. If you're interested in the advantages of preschool, we have several questions already on the subject, or ask your own specific question. – Joe May 5 '14 at 11:36
I'm going to go ahead and say this would be primarily opinion based also. If you could generalize your question to something like "Has anyone encountered issues with starting a child this early?" or "Are there any studies about starting a child this early?" that would be a good question for this site. Perhaps you could revise it to something like that. – SomeShinyObject May 5 '14 at 12:09
I'm a bit surprised to hear that 3.5 is considered 'early' for nursery school. Preschools in the US, at least, typically go from 3 to 5 (ie, the two years prior to kindergarten). – Joe May 5 '14 at 18:16
Here in the UK, it is common to have kids in nursery from 18 months/2 years, then they go to preschool then school by 4 or 5. Voted to close as opinion as well. – Rory Alsop May 9 '14 at 20:41

Age ranges for nursery and education vary between countries. You should investigate what is "common" in your country of residence and go with that.

  • I feel that "normal" ages for nursery are from 1 or 2 years until around 3 years; kindergarten is around 3-6 years; and primary school starts around 6 years of age.
  • In addition to this, some areas have a special "preschool" year that is simply the one year before the child starts primary school, so kindergarten ends a year earlier.
  • These ages can vary in both directions between countries or even within each country depending on local rules. Often, the limits are "soft" so earlier or later admission can be argued on a case-by-case basis.
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