The Importance of Early Childhood Education
The years from birth to the age of five are critical in your child’s life.
It is during this time frame when your child will begin to express their personality, which is adorable, funny and even embarrassing at times. These are also the crucial years for cognitive, emotional and social development. Early childhood education plays a critical role in fostering your child’s development before the age of five that will prepare them for success in the coming academic years and beyond.
Let us make this as simple as possible: What your child learns at our daycare will prepare them for the rest of their lives. It’s not math, science or any other specific subject that will give your child a head start in life, it’s the basics that we teach. Here is what you can expect your child to learn at daycare.
As adults, hardly a day goes by that we don’t encounter a situation where patience is tested. Children need the opportunity to get involved in social situations where they can explore patience.
We teach through role modeling, examples and social experiences. Children learn to develop their patience by waiting for their turn, sharing a teacher’s attention and waiting for their snack.
A strong sense of well-being provides children with the optimism, confidence and self-esteem needed to encourage them to explore their skills, talents and other interests.
Positive interaction with teachers and other children helps promote a healthy and secure view of themselves that allow them to approach a variety of situations with confidence.
In a child’s early development, valuing diversity and difference is critical. We serve as a guide to show children how to appreciate and accept our differences, helping them to become well-rounded people in our society.
We strive to show children that everyone is unique and special in their own way and follow their own beliefs, culture and ethnicity.
Your child will take the time to explore every opportunity in search of new experiences, new friends and new environments. At this age, children’s minds are imaginative and lively. We strive to balance this zest with the ability to follow directions, listen and complete tasks. Concentration is a critical skill in life.
It is important that you and your childhood educators work together to develop resilience as early as possible. In creating a secure and consistent environment with clear expectations and predictable consequences, children learn to manage themselves and their emotions.
A child learns best in a challenging environment where they gain first-hand experiences. There might be a few bumps along the way, but these challenges only solidify the foundation for building coping strategies down the road in life.
We demonstrate the importance of teamwork, which instills in children respect for the opinion of others, the importance of listening, cooperation and equality. A child who learns the importance of teamwork at an early age will grow up to be more socially attuned.
We not only teach the value of respect for others, but we also teach respect of the child’s environment, both immediate and global. A preschool environment is the perfect place to learn respect as everything here is shared and manners are taught and learned organically.
It is important to learn how to share, take turns and cooperate in a safe environment. Your child is guided by professionals who have their best interests at heart.
This is critical with your first child as they may not be used to having to share with others at home. And while sharing is sometimes a difficult lesson, it it important that they learn it early in life.
Learning Starts at Birth
From the time they are born, children begin the lifelong task of learning. Most of what they learn early in life will come through imitating others. Preschool plays a critical role in helping children shape their minds with important skills that will help them grow up to be well-rounded and successful.
We have the important responsibility of helping children learn key social and emotional coping skills. Group participation, first-time separation from parents, problem solving and cooperation are just a few traits children learn through us. We help children develop a sense of independence and curiosity as they grow in their love of learning.
Young children are naturally full of curiosity and creativity and are eager to explore the world in which they live. And it is amazing what they learn through informal play, observation and social interaction at preschool.
Between the ages of two and five, your child will start to think and reason, learn thousands of words and learn to carry on a conversation and even learn how to tell a story. But in order to gain the foundational skills needed for academic success, it takes guidance in a secure safe and nurturing environment. The positive preschool experience your child enjoys with us enables cognitive development during the years your child learns much more quickly.
Yet another benefit of early childhood education is that it provides an outlet for children to express emotions with people who are not a part of their family. Between the ages of two and five, children start learning how to manage their feelings. It is important for them to interact with their peers so they can develop social skills important for success in life.
A quality early education goes far beyond just learning academic skills.
Many people have reservations about the importance of education before kindergarten age. This was clearly the case in 2006 when Californians couldn’t muster enough votes to pass a law that would make preschool education mandatory for all children.
Research has shown that children who enrolled in preschool benefit by receiving formal education before kindergarten. In some studies, children who were enrolled in preschool were better behaved and had higher IQ scores than their peers with a formal education before kindergarten. Likewise, it was also shown that children enrolled in preschool learn quicker than children who were not enrolled.
Pre-kindergarten education is one step you can take to give your child a boost in their life.