The Value of Early Childhood Education
When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience is a learning experience. There is nothing more important than early childhood years. Early childhood education is about honing and molding a holistic, which ultimately forms the basis of a lifelong worth of learning.
There are endless benefits of early childhood education and here, we list just a few.
Socializing with people other than family members is essential for a child’s development. The earlier we do this, the better, as it helps children overcome shyness and gain self-confidence.
Being in an early year’s setting teaches children the importance of sharing, cooperating and turn taking from a young age. This is especially important for the first child, who may not be used to sharing with their siblings at home.
Promotes Holistic Development
The approach taken by the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework focuses on first building a strong foundation for a child’s social, emotional, physical and mental development, which will ultimately prepare them for a lifetime.
Fosters an eagerness to learn
Early Years programmes are often guided by learning through play. This instills a love for education and learning within children. This love and passion for education- for reading, learning, discovery, nature- takes root in preschool.
During preschool years, children explore and discover new experiences, new friends and new environments. Their minds are so lively and imaginative.
As early childhood educators we need to balance this zest with the ability to listen, follow directions, attend to tasks and participate in group activities to develop the critical life skill of concentration.
Promotes Confidence and Self-Esteem
This is an important value that children benefit from early years settings. A strong sense of wellbeing provides children with confidence, optimism and self-esteem which will encourage children to explore their talents, skills and interests.
Positive interactions with other children and teachers promote a positive, healthy and secure view of themselves that will allow them to approach situations and problems confidently throughout their lives.
Exposure to Diversity
Valuing difference and diversity are crucial to a child’s early development. Early childhood education serves to guide children to appreciate and accept differences amongst each other.
It is important that children understand that everyone is unique and that we are all so special in our own way.
Early Years Education and preschool is so much more than playing. While the basic educational benefits of preschool in terms of literacy and numeracy are tangible, the advances children achieve towards becoming well-rounded individuals are truly invaluable.