Lucy Aitkenread, Mother / Activist / Writer
In the latter half of your question you ask what you can do to ensure your child is ready for kindergarten. A recent report published by Cambridge University in the UK, Too Much Too Soon, advocates for the delaying of formal learning until the age of 7. The best thing you can do for your child before she gets to Kindergarten is to give her lots of space for free play and imagination play! Parents who try and teach their children reading and numbers as kindergarten preparation do so quite possibly to the detriment of their long-term learning. Bear this in mind while choosing a kindergarten too - chose the one that recognises the natural, child development based time frame for learning. If they prioritise play - go for that one! Ask the kindergarten if you can stay for a day and play before the formal term begins- kindergartens are increasingly getting used to this idea - it allows for a much more gentle transition. Good luck!