Differences Between Preschool and Primary School

Differences Between Preschool and Primary School

A preschool refers to a type of educational institution where a child studies before commencing proper school.

These institutions play a vital role as they provide an earlier start to education that forms the foundation for later years.

Generally, preschools focus on play-based techniques of learning. Children tend to show more interest in these learning methodologies.

Primary school is basically an elementary school which usually consists of one to four grades (levels) of a school.

Generally, it covers the children between the ages of five and eleven. After completing the primary education, the student moves on to a secondary school.

The subjects in primary school generally include mathematics, social studies, physical education, health, etc.

This being said there are more subtle differences between preschools and primary schools, keep reading to find out more.



  • Preschool refers to a preparatory school that has been designed for children under the statutory school age.
  • Generally, half day
  • Some of the types are –
  • Montessori – Developed by educator Maria Montessori, they intend to develop a child’s senses.

Waldorf – Based on the teachings of Austrian writer Rudolf Steiner. Teachers need to be Waldorf certified.

Reggio Emilia – It encourages exploration and concentrates on the importance of community and self-expression.

Bank Street – Based on the educational philosophy of John Dewy. It focuses on hands-on activities, etc.

Generally includes Reading and Language Arts,  Basics of Math, Social Studies, Science, Health, Physical Education, Art, Music, Environmental Education.


  • They lay a solid foundation for knowledge, social skills and confidence for children.
  • They assist in easy transition to kindergartens.
  • They provide an educational learning environment to the children.
  • Children get the chance to socialize with other kids.
  • They help in easy transition to a formal school education.


Primary schools

  • Primary school denotes an elementary school which includes the first three or four grades of a school.
  • Full day.
  • Generally, includes Maths, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education (PE) and Information and Communication Technology
  • It provides a curriculum for well-rounded learning
  • It develops language and numeracy skills
  • It helps in nurturing sound values and good habits
  • It prepares the students for secondary education
  • Subjects covered are based on a range of disciplines
  • It generates various opportunities to access the library, etc.
  • Refers to 6 years compulsory of primary education, from ages 7 to 12.

They generally cater for children aged from four to eleven.


With these its clear that preschool and primary schools, if you’re looking to enroll your child in a preschool here’s an awesome choice for you, Cambridge Montessori Playschool.

Cambridge Montessori preschool’s educational program is equipped with the best syllabus to suffice all your child’s intellectual and physical needs and prepare them to receive the future education the will be imparted to them in the right way.


Here, Pre-schoolers get formal schooling set up as per national educational guidelines. Understanding the age-specific concepts by actively participating in Montessori Labs ensures their analytical abilities, probing techniques, personality and individuality are at par with the global Montessori students.

We at CMPS also focus on the diet of the child, we make sure to give them the right diet for their healthy growth and to keep their physical development on course.

You can also give us exceptions and additions to your child’s diet based on your child’s conditions (allergies etc.).

Reading, writing, and speaking become easy for kids with the help of our advanced curriculum based on curriculum devised with the input from our international experts on Montessori.

In Cambridge Montessori preschool here are between 15 and 20 children in every preschool group. Children get to assimilate into these groups.

Of course, conflict and fighting are normal and ought to be dealt with constructively and patiently. Often, this is achieved with minimal intervention from the staff.

Children in preschool end up developing a feeling for socializing with others and also learn new social behaviors.


To enroll your child at Cambridge Montessori preschool contact us at:

Contact number: +91 901 576 4000



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