I am often asked the question, "What is the difference between playschool, preschool & pre-kindergarten?"
By definition Preschool is "an educational establishment offering early childhood education to children between the ages of 3 to 5 prior to the commencement of elementary school".
The 4 year old program is meant for children the year before they enter Kindergarten so is the same as pre-Kindergarten. Playschool, whether it is for 3 and 4 year old is for children to have the confidence, skills and knowledge for starting Kindergarten.
Everything we do during our day at Preschool is to prepare for Kindergarten, Elementary School, and beyond. Communication with peers & teachers, following directions, accepting challenges and responsibilities, printing names, knowing the letter sounds, counting, patterning, days of the week, knowing own birthday & last name, using scissors and glue, opening/packing/closing own backpack, putting on shoes, snow pants and the list goes on. These are life skills taught during Early Childhood and will carry on - they are the building blocks your child will need throughout their life.
Whether you choose a preschool, playschool or pre-k for your child's Early Learning the purpose is generally the same and often the name is simply a business/organization name choice.