Preschool is a place where children spend half or full days under the care of one or more teachers in a formal program designed to enhance readiness for school, or at least that’s how Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff, and Sandra Hathaway, BSN, define it in their book, What To Expect: The Toddler Years.

It used to be that preschools only accepted children four years old and above.  These days, however, the age range has broadened, with some preschools accepting toddlers—or children between the ages of one to three. These are more commonly known as toddler schools or play schools.

If you’re undecided about sending your two-year-old to school, we’ve prepared a list of some of the pros and cons of starting your kids on education at such a tender age. You may want to consider these items and weigh them against how important they are to you and whether you think they apply to your child’s interests and personality.

View the slide show below to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of toddler schools.

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