A Pre-school playgroup is an early childhood learning center, in which children between the ages of three and five are enrolled in developmental activities that often include educational components. These programs are not designed to prepare children for kindergarten, but to provide them with healthy social interactions with peers and adults within a group setting. These settings vary from informal arrangements in homes to relatively large, structured groups in public facilities. It is a very important part of social development as the child learns to play socially with other children and form relationships.
In addition, these early interactions can have a dramatic impact on language skills. The majority of pre-schools are inherently designed to foster language development through interaction between peers and adults. Pre-school playgroups are an essential aspect of early childhood development because it exposes children to a social setting that is crucial in developing critical thinking, problem-solving and engaging with others. Often there will be some sort of theme during the session to make it enjoyable for the children. Preschool playgroup is divided into different age in respective countries of the world.
In the United Kingdom, since the 1980s, parents have been moving away from having their kids play with other kids at a playgroup. They are instead starting to put their children in nursery schools. Pre-school playgroups also help develop language skills that further promote face-to-face communication which is beneficial especially when dealing with people outside the family unit later on in life.