The Benefits of Early Childhood Education
Children are constantly growing from the time that they are born, it has been said that children establish more than 1 million new neural connections in the first 2 years of their life. Interesting? Children are always learning, adapting and growing from their surroundings from the time that they are born.
In research, it has been said that Early Childhood Education can be beneficial to your child’s developmental areas (cognitive, social and emotional) that they will need throughout their lives and can assist them in becoming independent and developing a positive attitude towards learning.
Here are some benefits of Early Childhood Education:
Children learn to interact with others and at a later stage, they start to build friendships with their fellow peers. In the school environment, children begin to learn some vital skills such as group work, listening to others, expressing themselves and their ideas, sharing, cooperation and also teaches them the responsibility of their actions and their actions towards others.
Children are susceptible to be curious and show interest in discovering new things in an environment. Early Childhood Education can be beneficial to listening skills, participation in group work, following instructions given and working independently which aims at developing the essential life skill ‘concentration’.
Good Habits & Routines
Children thrive from routines in their lives, it helps children feel safe and secure in an environment and is also a great way to teach children healthy daily habits such as brushing their teeth, washing their hands, etc. Children are more likely to display calmer behaviour and form these good habits when they know what they can expect each day. Throughout their development and as they get older, they will start to take more responsibility in their daily activities such as packing their lunch and school bag and getting ready by themselves.
Early Childhood Education can be beneficial to your child getting into a good routine. In saying this, Educators know which developmental stage your child is at and can assist and use several techniques in building the skills that your child needs to develop in a safe and structured environment.
A school environment can give your child the opportunity in developing social skills which help in building healthy relationships with others. Social skills can teach children how to share, listen to others, taking turns, communicating and developing independence. As children get older they start to build friendships from the foundation of social skills that they learned from an early age. In research, it has been shown that children who start school at an early age develop emotional resilience and are more likely to be attentive and be able to understand their emotions and deal with them better when they start 'big' school.
Every experience throughout your child's life offers them a learning opportunity which can be beneficial to their development. Children learn through their senses (sight, smell, hear, touch and taste) so let them explore every single one.
Until next time,