23/04/2020 12:32 PM IST
Preschools have never been given the importance they deserve. A lot of parents wonder how is preschool going to help my child? They are too young to learn... Does a child even learn in the early years? Till a few years ago, children were sent to preschool only because it was compulsory. We are going to share with you some facts on early child development and how a preschool helps in child development.
As per various brain researchers, an average child is born with about 100 billion brain cells and their brain develops rapidly from birth till 3 years producing 700 new synaptic connections every second. Experts also state that toddlers can stimulate their learning at twice the rate of adults. The brains can set back by decades if there is not enough stimulation done in the years before starting school.
Different factors influence the development of the growing brain like a child's relationships,
experiences, and environment. The time a child spends in preschool is crucial because they are laying their foundation for their future and learning.
Here are a few of the aspects your child will develop in a good preschool:
1. Social skills: in preschool children come in contact with strangers for the first time and they learn to relate to their teachers and peers.
2. Hand-eye coordination: children lack the skill of doing two things together. In school when they start doing activities they use their visual skills and their hands as well. This helps them focus and develop hand-eye coordination
3. Preparation for future school years: school can be a fun place to be in. However, if their foundation of learning has been set at an early age life becomes easier for children in elementary school.
4. Emotional skills: a 2-3 year-old child spends time with a stranger for the first time and as they feel safe in their classroom with the teacher and peers they slowly but steadily build on their emotional skills.
5. Physical skills: children step outside their homes and familiar environments for the first time and they do regular physical activity, they play, run around and build on their stamina and immunity.
6.Helps in structured learning: Preschools are all about structured and unstructured learning, in their home environment they are used to unstructured learning however they are introduced to structured learning for the first time. This slowly helps them in following a routing, learning how to follow instructions, rules and facilitates structured learning.
7.Helps develop language skills: At home children mostly pick on their native language. In school, they are introduced to English and Hindi. They also learn from their peers. They learn alphabets and words and also associate them with pictures etc. This helps them build on their language skills.
Preschool is no more meant only for children where both parents are working or just because it is now compulsory. Over the years it has been noticed that children who went to preschool have turned out to be more confident as they enter school.
This confidence boost helps children perform better not just in preschool or school but also when socializing or interacting with others outside of their school/preschool space. It opens the child's mind to learning and introduces them to a world of experiments, play, bonding setting them up for a lifetime of learning.
Hence, early childhood education has finally been recognised as important years of schooling for children. Preschools are now structured and follow a curriculum that involves learning through fun and some preschools even take it further and incorporate principles of neuroscience and energy science while developing the curriculum thereby greatly benefiting overall development in the child.