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Table 6 Reasons for choosing a preschool type

From: Public or private? Determinants of parents’ preschool choice in India

Type of preschool chosenType of reasonsDerived categoriesParent reasons
Public preschoolEducationalEarly education (65%)Education is important for the child’s future
Child learns something early
School readiness (20%)Child will get used to go to school
Child gets ready for primary school
Child get more socialized
Non-educationalMaterial benefits (13%)Get free meal and accessories
No cost for schooling
Other reasons (2%)Mother gets time for other siblings
Parents get time for housework
Parents get time for paid work
Private preschoolEducationalEarly education (78%)Education is important for the child’s future
Child learns something early
School readiness (22%)Child will get used to go to school
Child gets ready for primary school
Child get more socialized
Non-educationalMaterial benefits (0%)Get free meal and accessories
No cost for schooling
Other reasons (0%)Mother gets time for other siblings
Parents get time for housework
Parents get time for paid work
  1. Values in parentheses represent the percentage of total parents responded to a certain category