Being a first-time parent is certainly overwhelming, but even if you have more children, it’s easy to be amazed by just how fast they grow and how much they learn. Early education greatly impacts children’s fast-developing brains, which is why many parents decide to implement some learning techniques into their children’s playtime. Still, it’s important to point out that children learn best when they’re not pushed or pressured and when they have the space to get creative. Playtime and learning are intertwined, and this is how they are helping your child develop.
Resilience and patience
We have all learned the importance of resilience in the previous year when faced with unpredictability and fear of an ongoing worldwide pandemic. But, wouldn’t it be better if we have learned it as children? Developing resilience from an early age is a great way to prepare a child for the future. They will have a lot of things on their plates as they grow older, and as children, they can learn from a variety of challenging scenarios that are provided by professional guides. They will have bumps and bruises for sure, but they will also learn to come with mishaps and obstacles in a healthy and constructive way.
Setting the base for lifelong learning
When it comes to your children’s overall development, it’s impossible to overstate how important early education is. Those earliest years in a child’s life are setting the foundation for their further development and greatly shaping their future. When children have a strong base from before they start going to kindergarten, they are better prepared for formal education and lifelong learning. Their learning abilities are improved, and they are further developing their cognitive as well as social skills. If you’d like to help your child be successful later in life, you can do it by starting with early childhood education.
They learn to cooperate
How many times did the importance of being a team player come up in your work? Today, many professions and businesses almost make it a requirement for a person to be a ‘team player’ if they’re hoping to get a position. The roots of empathy and cooperation stem from the earliest childhood, which is why it’s a good idea to have them play with many children and to teach them to share. Cooperating with others on a simple task, playing together with one toy, and waiting for their turn to play a game or using a toy are all simple things shaping their young minds. As you can imagine, this is particularly important for an only child since they aren’t familiar with having to share things with others.
Programs help them develop their talents
Fortunately for many parents, today there are so many wonderful different programs available for children, that the real problem is not finding one, but picking just one. You can enroll your children into music, art, math, or dance classes before they start kindergarten, or you could find a child care program that covers more than one thing. Finding the best child care is no easy feat; any parent will tell you that, which is why you should start looking early. You will soon find out that the best ones have pretty long waiting lists, and you should apply early so that you don’t have to struggle to find the alternatives at the last minute.
It improves their social skills
Children learn how to socialize from the earliest years, and their early childhood is greatly impacted by the people they are surrounded with. Family is a safe environment where they feel most comfortable. Still, children need more than just family to properly develop their social skills. The seeds of socialization are planted in early childhood, and they will later grow to become ‘friendship’ and ‘cooperation’ when children spend time with their peers. They will overcome their shyness and become more confident when they meet other children and make new friends. What is more, sometimes children from the same program meet later in kindergarten or in school, making the future transitions much easier because they have someone familiar by their side.
Making the children more eloquent
Decades ago, there was a study in the US on eloquence in young children. The results were so devastating that the study itself is often referred to as: “The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3.” The study went on to prove what educators have been preaching for decades – that children’s brain develops most before they even reach kindergarten. Children in families that had no time, opportunity, or patience to talk to the children by the age of three have learned approximately 30 million fewer words than their peers. This went on to directly affect their academic performance later in life. Early childhood education professionals will have a chance to expand the knowledge that children already have, improve their vocabulary and speaking skills, and further develop their interests and abilities.
Education befits will turn into economic ones
The world today is in economic turmoil thanks to the ongoing pandemic, and it doesn’t come as a surprise that many parents are almost desperate to return to work as soon as possible. Enrolling children into child care programs greatly helps parents do so and makes it easier to focus on work knowing that they are in good and capable hands. What is more, parents are also missing fewer work hours this way and becoming more productive. Many people choose to stay at home after becoming parents. Others have to cut down on working hours they can take, and many people have to leave early or miss work if they can’t find other options. The economic payoff of placing your children into child care is enormous; you will be saving money in addition to providing your child with an excellent education opportunity.
As a parent, you naturally want what’s best for your child, which is why we advise you to consider not only the things we mentioned here but to do your own research and make an informed decision. A number of people don’t want to push their children too much and cause aversion to school and learning. Children who enroll in such programs, on the other hand, learn a lot of useful skills before they even start kindergarten, and they find it much easier to adapt to changes and formal education later in life.