A child care centre or preschool serves a very vital function in preparing young children for the transition to primary school. When professionally run by highly qualified early childhood teachers, these facilities can offer many useful benefits to young children, which can be greatly meaningful to them even during their adult life.
In order to understand the benefits of early education, you first need to have an insight of what actually happens in preschool. This will help you understand the impact of such facilities.
The Learning Activities At Preschool
A key aspect of the learning that takes place in preschool is the fact that it is largely centred on play as well as structured activities. This has proven time and again to be a very powerful mode of teaching young kids, which greatly advances their experiences and knowledge. Such play and structured activities are also coupled with open-ended play, which are designed to help children advance at their own pace.
A wide variety of activity options are available for these children, including: puzzles, games, blocks, construction, clay, play dough, painting, pasting, books and sensory activities. These aforementioned activities can easily be carried out indoors. For outdoor options, you child is sure to enjoy: carpentry, dramatic play, water play, exploring natural landscapes, play in sandpits, swings and climbing.
You son or daughter is also going to develop valuable social skills through interaction with other kids. This is further enhanced through group activities like: playing with instruments, show and tell, drama and acting, stories, poetry, dancing and singing.
What Are The Benefits Of Preschool?
Numerous benefits can be derived from early learning experiences:
1. Cognitive Development:
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare states that various cognitive developmental benefits can be derived from quality preschool programs. Your child would have the chance to develop beneficial social skills, intellectual development, independence and even mental concentration. Your child would have better cognitive development that would make him/ her much more prepared for primary school.
2. Benefits To Disadvantaged Families:
Children in disadvantaged homes are less likely to have ample cognitive/ intellectual stimulation within their home environments. Such stimulation can be found in preschool learning programs, which can greatly help in narrowing the existing achievement gaps. This is something that has come out clearly in the USA-based High/Scope Perry Preschool Study. In fact, the study revealed that the intellectual and social benefits derived from preschool learning extended far beyond a child’s early years and on to his/ her adult life. Even at 40 years of age, such a child would have much better economic performance, educational outcomes and far less commission of crime.
3. Improved Communication Skills, Social Skills And Self-Confidence:
The interactions among children and with teachers, afforded by a preschool learning environment, are great opportunities for young kids to sharpen their communication skills. This also helps in building much better social skills, which they would not have otherwise achieved.
The achievements that a child produces during learning, as well as being recognized by fellow learners and teachers help build a child’s self-confidence. Besides, the child will also learn to appreciate others and value their achievements too.