While many parents, at some time, struggling to find the best preschools and daycare’s for their children, other parents are struggling to just feed their children and neglect early childhood education at all. Meanwhile, there are some parents that can actually afford preschool, but fail to see purposes of early childhood education. In fact, these parents think that children do not need to go to school until they are 5 or 6 years old. They think that children should be able to play freely and do not have to be burdened with studying until certain ages.
While there are some grains of truth in that claim, these parents also fail to see the fact: children develop most of their cognitive skills at very tender age, which is under 5 years old. There are stages of development the children must go through even before they reach the age 5, and without proper early childhood education, they may not be able to be developed youths and grownups in the future.
The Importance of Early Childhood Education
There are several important purposes of early childhood education; here are some of them :
- Purposes of early childhood education helps preparing children to face the challenging environment in kindergarten, elementary school and middle school. Early education institutions such as preschool and daycare help children face transitions between the safe haven at home and learning environment at school. Therefore, children will be more prepared in facing school and perform well.
- Purposes of early childhood education helps increasing children’s interest in learning subjects such as math, language and art. This is because children are introduced to these subjects win fun and supportive environment, before they are enrolled into formal school and must learn these subjects in stricter, educational environment.
- Purposes of early childhood education helps children learning to interact in social settings with their friends and teachers. Preschool and daycare are places to help children adapt with situations when children need to cooperate and work together with other people, solve problems and arguments, communicate with other people, learn about figure of authority, learn how to perceive permissions and prohibitions and many other social skills.
- Purposes of early childhood education helps children learn useful life skills that seem simple but actually very beneficial, such as eating with utensils and standard table manners, taking care of their own belongings, tidying up the class and their tables, and such. These lessons help them to be more independent.
Looking at these purposes of early childhood education, we can conclude that they are very important for children’s later stages of development and adaptation at school. Therefore, parents who can afford early childhood education should enroll their children to preschools or daycare’s before they start studying in kindergarten and middle school.
You can put your children at daycare first, and then preschool, before enroll them in kindergarten. While they sound like similar institutions, daycare and preschool actually have some differences in the term of the teaching styles and services offered. Since daycare also offers to handle children at the age of under a year, you can enroll your small children here, too.