Many parents are conflicted about whether or not to send their child to pre-school or nursery.
There are many arguments for and against the decision, which can add to the difficulty faced by parents. So, what is best for a child? Should they stay at home until they reach the compulsory age to go to school or will they benefit from going into education early?
This piece is designed to help parents to understand the benefits of giving their child an early education. From getting them used to the school routine through to teaching them social skills at a young age and helping to form their mind with new facts to encourage them to want to learn as they get older.
Education for younger children doesn't have to be as strict or as serious as it is for older kids, and parents should understand that pre-school is often an opportunity for your child to have lots of fun as they learn. It gives a child the freedom to grow, while teaching the importance of structure and routine as well as how to
bond with other children and have respect for their teachers. It is a great way for them to build their social skills as well as developing their emotional skills, as they will need to learn how to form relationships with other adults outside of their family - teachers will be part of their life for many years to come.
Pre-school will also help your toddler to develop their social and interactive skills, when it comes to forming friendships. The younger a child is when you teach them these skills, the easier it is for them to take in the information. Everything from interacting with other children and taking turns through to listening to others and working together are all skills that should be taught at a young age, as good communication skills are something that they will need to have as they get older.
Pre-school is also an opportunity for your child to develop their minds in terms of learning new literacy skills. Their cognitive skills and language ability will improve and they will learn the basic fundamentals of maths and the alphabet, which they will need to use throughout their later life.
A child's vocabulary will grow from 900 to 2,500 words from age three to five and it is important that they learn new words every day as well as learn how to form longer and more complex sentences Â– all of which is taught in pre-school. Their motor skills will also be developed and children benefit from challenging themselves in new ways by learning how to climb, run and take part of activities with other kids using a wide range of educational toys which you can find here. They can also take part in quieter activities such as bead threading and making collages and it is these challenges that help to build hand-eye coordination and balance as they grow.
Overall, the younger your child is when they attend pre-school, the more beneficial it will be for them. Young minds are flexible, making it easier for them to absorb new information and learn new skills that they will use throughout their school life, from how to play nicely with other children through to learning new information.