Talk it over and gear up together
Another way of being sure your child is ready for preschool is to explore the school concept together. How does your child react when you talk about going to school? Has he/she visited schools with you? Have you taken short (one-hour) Mom and Me classes at a studio or the public library? Did you share books (such as Vera's First Day of School, which explores kids' mixed feelings about starting school) on the subject? By including the child in your preschool plans, it will ease his or her transition.
As you consider enrolling your child in a nursery or preschool class, decide if your child is ready and what it may take to get him or her ready. Then once your child starts preschool, you'll be able to go off to your errands, enjoy your free time, and truly relax.