A play school (also known as play group) is an informal nursery group taking preschool children in half-day sessions, providing young children with many group activities. The objective is to allow them to learn more efficiently and gain more knowledge through play-based activities such as dramatic play, art, and social games.
Although some toddlers join play school as early as age 2+, the majority of children attending play schools are from ages 3 to 4. Due to the busy schedule of working parents, a number of playschools provide daycare service.
Some nurseries and kindergartens in Malaysia conduct play schools (play groups) as part of their programmes. However, there are play schools operating as independent early education centres. A growing number of drama & speech centre, art learning studio and music schools for children are considered as ‘play schools’ too, as these institutions are developing more fun and interactive classes for young children.
Play schools carry the important role of encouraging young children to explore their interests and learning social interaction skills. Hence, it is important for parents to pick a suitable school for their children.
Due to the accessibility of information, various playschools are mainly found in Kuala Lumpur, Klang Valley and other major cities in Malaysia.