Advantages of Early Childhood Education

Posted on July 5, 2018 : Posted in Early Child Care, Legacy Academy, Preschool Activities

Toddlers and preschoolers are amazing creatures. They spend hours looking at flowers and bugs. They notice everything and are excited to share what they know and hear stories about the world. When you take these incredible kids and place them in a gentle, positive, structured environment, they gain great benefits. Here is a list of some of the greatest advantages children gain from early childhood education.

Improved Peer Relationships

It is important for children to have a safe environment to socialize with non-family members. Interacting with other children and teachers in positive ways is foundational to a child’s success in school in the future. This is undoubtedly not news to you. As parents, we know that our children need to be gently introduced to new people and environments with appropriate support. This is the reason for playgroups, storytimes, and many other opportunities. By enrolling your child in an early childhood education program, you are making an investment in their future well-being. He or she will learn confidence, listening skills, self-expression, and other valuable skills.

A Love for Learning

When young children are introduced to learning in fun and appropriate ways, they approach the unknown with more confidence and curiosity. Early childhood education is an opportunity to learn skills such as problem-solving and resiliency. Lessons that are presented in a fun and exciting way encourage listening and eagerness. Through reading, singing, and discovering nature together, children develop a lifelong desire to pursue knowledge.

Developing Concentration

Children are natural learners. They are curious and excited to learn new things. Their minds are active, just like their bodies! At the same time, there are other skills a child needs to develop to excel in a school setting. Early childhood education gives children gentle opportunities to lengthen their attention spans, follow directions, and work independently. All of these skills combine to give a child the invaluable life skill of concentration.

Better Academic Performance in Grade School

Studies have shown that children with the benefit of early childhood education have many academic advantages in grade school. For instance, they have less need for remedial education classes. They are also more resilient and have better peer relationships. In addition, in learning centers they experience singing, dancing, painting, drawing, and hearing stories. This type of play-based learning prepares them for academic instruction. Early education is a time of equipping and preparing young children for what comes next. Children with educational experience make smooth transitions into the academic and social world of grade school.

Exposure to Diversity

One of the greatest gifts we can give children is exposure to diversity. Early childhood education allows children to interact with people who are different from them. They meet and form relationships with instructors and students of other races, belief systems, family backgrounds, and more. In addition, instructors encourage children to appreciate and accept all people. Because the children begin to see that all people are unique and valuable, they are equipped to become well-rounded contributors to their world.

Toddler and preschool-aged children learn so much from the world around them. Placing them in a learning environment at a young age includes many benefits for their young minds. While many of those benefits are academic, the true advantages that children gain from early education include development of character and executive skills. For example, in the classroom, a young child builds friendships, learns to love learning, practices concentration and listening, and learns to value the uniqueness of others. Early childhood education creates a foundation of skills that children will draw on for the rest of their lives.