Our preschool recently changed hands. Under the previous managment there was a focus on child play-based learning and covered social, emotional development as well as learning the alphabet, numbers 1-10, colours and general shapes.
My 4.5 year old said on the weekend that he doesn't learn anything at preschool, he just plays.
At first I thought little of it and said 'Yes, but you learn through play.' At our next visit to the preschool I asked how they prepare the older kids for kindergarten and was told that it is play based and that they only focus on social and emotional aspects. The only teacher led learning is in books etc where they will count or learn that things happen in a sequence.
I my concern justified that they are not teaching alphabet, numbers, colours etc? The new administration does not even have the kids write their own name. It makes me think that the price to learn social and emotional skills (ie attend preschool) is far too high with so little emphasis on other life skills. It's annoying that they are not reinforcing what I have taught him at home.