Some parents might not see the importance of childcare in the early years of a child’s life as it is very different from the learning environment found in primary and high school. However, the first five years of a child’s life provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning.
With that being said, this blog’s purpose is to answer the question “why does my child need to go to childcare”.
Child brain development
In the first 5 years of a child’s life, they are sponges for knowledge.
Experts have conducted many studies concluding that the brain grows rapidly in early childhood years, continuing into adulthood. During the time your child spends at childcare, they will start learning literacy and numeracy skills. The educators at your local ELC find new ways to incorporate elements of literacy and numeracy into the children’s everyday activities.
Develop a love for learning
As humans, learning never stops, not once we leave school not once, we reach a certain age, it’s constant. Childcare shows children from a young age that learning is fun, that learning can come from anywhere and in many forms. Children learn from experiences, activities, and the environment around them. The purpose of childcare is to provide enriching activities, experiences, and environments for children.
Form healthy habits from the beginning
Childcare provides children with an invaluable opportunity to become familiar with routines, through positive reinforcement. Studies have shown that children actively look for cues to understand their surroundings to know how to act and what to do. In an environment like childcare, routines are implanted to encourage children to learn from their peers.
Develop school readiness
The childcare curriculum is very much centred around play, while this method keeps children entertained it isn’t the only reason for the method. Through play, children develop physical, intellectual, creative, social, and emotional skills that are all needed for a smooth transition into primary school.
Experts agree that school readiness comes from several factors including being emotionally, socially, and physically ready for primary school. In childcare, children learn how to behave in different situations, listen, cooperate, and retain information.
Your local ELC provides a high-quality kindergarten program where the children learn how to; communicate with other children and the educators, read, write, speak in adult terms. While also developing physically through activities that use their larger muscles.
In the early years of a child’s life, they start to form relationships, express themselves, their emotions, and their curiosity of the world around them.
In childcare, children are encouraged and nurtured to do all of these things in a safe and supervised environment. With this encouragement, children develop a sense of self-confidence, empathy, and resilience. All qualities needed for the next stage of their life.
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