The Straits Times
Published on Oct 17, 2012

China's guidelines for preschoolers stress age-appropriate lessons


BEIJING - China has released guidelines aimed at advising parents and kindergartens on how to best educate preschool children between 3 and 6 years old, providing information on children's physical and psychological health, language learning, communication ability and motivational interests in science and art.

The guidelines, released by the Chinese Ministry of Education on Monday, set specific goals for toddlers between 3 and 4 years old, suggesting that they should be required to listen to their parents, the state-run Global Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Children between 4 and 5 years old should be able to politely express their requests, while 5- and 6-year-olds should be aware about helping others.

"The guidelines address problems in preschool education, including a lack of moral education and making preschool kids learn knowledge aimed at elementary school students," Mr Lao Kaisheng, professor with the College of Education at the Capital Normal University, told the Global Times.