IMPORTANCE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
- Early childhood education programs, including child care, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten, have an opportunity to help children develop to their full potential. Children who attend programs that meet high quality standards are more likely to provide lasting benefits.
- The earliest years of a child’s life are key to predicting ultimate success in school and life. Recent research findings pointing to the importance of the first three years in brain development have serious implications for education. These early learning experiences are crucial determining factors for emotional and intellectual development and will ultimately affect how well a child will perform in school.
- It focuses on the importance of quality early education for children
- Children early experiences in the home, the neighbourhood, in child care, and in early childhood education programs such as pre-kindergarten and kindergarten all affect how successful they will be later in life.
- Neurological development is largely a result of the learning that takes place starting at birth and during the earliest years of life. A young child’s brain needs certain types of stimulation to develop properly. Without that stimulation, certain types of learning will not be possible when the child enters school. Likewise, with the appropriate stimulation, neural pathways are developed that can enhance a child’s emotional, social, and intellectual abilities. The more these neural connections are stimulated during this early window of opportunity, the stronger they become. It is so important that everyone who has contact with infants – including parents, grandparents, and caregivers – provide these children with lots of touching, loving, talking, and singing to help them develop to their full potential.
Written by – Parveen
OUR KIDZ educator