8 reasons early childhood education will help with your child’s development
We all want our children to do well, whether it’s at school, on the sportsfield, amongst their friends, or even seeing them develop from a child into a smart, sensible adult.
Child development refers to the physical, mental and emotional changes that happen from birth through to the beginning of adulthood. Through this process, children start to depend less on their parents or guardians and develop a sense of independence, preparing them for future challenges like school, uni, work and adulthood as a whole.
Their development can include:
- The ability to learn and solve problems
- Social interaction and regulate emotions
- Understanding and using language, reading and communicating
- Refining motor skills and gross motor skills (i.e. the whole body)
- Sensory awareness
Nurturing children from birth is essential for helping them become successful, independent, functioning adults. One of the most effective methods of helping children develop is early childhood education.
In October, Samaritans recognises Children’s Week, a national celebration of children’s rights and talents, so in this blog, we’re going to explore how early childhood education can help with your child’s development – plus the benefits this has for their future!
Before entering preschool or an early learning centre, most children don’t know a lot of other children – most of their time up until that point has been spent with family members like mum, dad, carers, siblings, even grandparents.
In an early learning centre, your child will have the opportunity to socialise and bond with other children. Children who build strong relationships and experience new activities in formal childcare are proven to be more attentive in kindergarten – able to listen well, learn better, and balance their emotions.
Young kids often feel anxious when parted from their parents, especially when big-school starts. Building up social skills in childcare is essential for helping kids feel more comfortable in a more regimented school environment.
#2. Learn cooperation and team building
Early learning centres are also the perfect place to learn how to cooperate and work as a team – two essential skills to have before big-school. Your child’s educators will teach your child how to share, cooperate and take turns in a safe learning environment full of friends and professionals.
Working as a team or group is a common theme throughout school – all the way from kindergarten to university!
Knowing how to behave in a team environment and work together for a common goal will come in handy for group projects in future, plus make your child an agreeable, likeable person.
#3. Develop a love of learning
Children are naturally keen learners. Their minds are like sponges! Their curious minds love to investigate the what, where, how and why of the world around them. From the environment to people and objects, children naturally yearn to know it all.
It’s the role of an early childhood teacher to encourage a real love of learning. Through fun lesson plans and activities, teachers can show children how to love learning and developing new skills.
At our early learning centres, for example, we incorporate the Early Years Learning Framework in our programme so children can choose from a range of activities that reflect their own interests. We make learning flexible so your children can learn at their own pace and really, truly enjoy the learning experience.
Head over to our website to have a look at our Newcastle Darby Street Early Learning Centre or our Woodberry Early Learning Centre to read more about our fun and flexible learning scheme. We have enrollments available now!
#4. Grow a sense of confidence and self-esteem
When children start to get a better understanding of themselves and the world around them, they also start comparing themselves with others… that means it’s prime time to build up a strong sense of confidence and self-esteem to last a lifetime!
Early childhood education allows your child to build up confidence and become their own person. Educators offer feedback and confidence-boosters around the clock to help build self-esteem, for example, “you’re a wonderful painter” or “that’s a great tower you built with your blocks!”
#5. Get exposed to diverse cultures and groups
Learning the value of difference and diversity is crucial for a child’s early development. Children need to learn to appreciate and accept the differences of others so they can become well-rounded, respectful members of society.
At Samaritans Early Learning Centres, our educators incorporate an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective into the learning program so children have a broader understanding of the traditional owners of Australia, plus our neighbours overseas.
We encourage children to develop a deep understanding of other cultures and give them the social skills needed to show proper respect. This leads us into our next point…
#6. Learn how to respect others and their experiences
One of the core learning curves in early education is respect – not just for other people but for belongings and the environment, too.
All toddlers go through the “mine” phase where everyone and everything belongs to them. In a supportive classroom, your child will learn to share and have manners. At Samaritans, our Educators remind children about the words “please” and “thank you”, plus the importance of sharing with other kids – no snatching, no stealing.
We also remind children to respect the environment, from saving water to putting our rubbish in the bin. These are essential building blocks for later in life – I mean, no one likes a tosser!
#7. Learn resilience and determination
Let’s face it – school and work (much later in life, of course) can be stressful.
We learn to cope with deadlines and challenges to our bodies as well as our minds. Who hasn’t gotten home from school or work feeling exhausted or emotional?
It’s important to build up a sense of resilience and determination in our children from the get-go. Early education teachers build a fair social environment with clear expectations and consequences for children, so children can learn the skills needed to manage themselves and their emotions later in life.
There will be less tears over a late assignment in high school, that’s for sure.
With challenging learning experiences, children can learn coping strategies and figure out how to toe the line when it comes to rules, deadlines and expectations.
#8. Get prepped for further learning
Apart from developing social skills, the whole purpose of early childhood education is to prep your child for further learning in primary school, high school and beyond. Your child will become accustomed to having a schedule – from getting up in the morning to a nutritious breakfast to finishing school and doing their homework.
Nurture your child’s development and prepare them for school (as well as life) with early childhood education
Early childhood education is more than a safe place for your child to hang out while you’re at work. Early childhood educations assists with your child’s development in more ways than one – educators teach your child how to socialise, make friends and work as a team, plus how to respect others and be a valuable member of society.
At our early learning centre in Woodberry and in Darby Street, Newcastle, our educators allow your child to choose their own learning experience and chase their passions and talents, while also giving them a feel for routine and schedules which will become a larger part of their life in primary school.
Prep your children for school – and life – with early childhood education! We always have spaces available at Woodberry Early Learning Centre.