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September 1957

Nursery School: Notes for the Physician

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
From the Pediatric Mental Health Unit of the I Department of Pediatrics, University of California Medical Center.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(3):258-264. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030040044006

The physician is consulted today not only when a child is ill but equally as often when parents have questions or problems regarding their child's physical, mental, or social development.1 One of the frequent questions asked is "Doctor, shall I send my child to nursery school?"

This paper will discuss what the physician should know in order to help parents evaluate whether nursery school is the answer to their child's and their own needs. To be able to give such help, the physician should know and appraise (a) the parents' motivations for considering nursery school at this time; (b) the young child's basic needs for healthy growth and development and how these needs can be met; (c) the function of the nursery school in relation to meeting the needs of the young child and of his parents; (d) the child's readiness for the nursery school experience.

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