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Why does preschool education matter?

Updated: May 29, 2023

The early years of a child is the most important for the child’s mental & physical development in terms of learning, developing new skills, understanding basic concepts and grasping essential knowledge. Where does the child learn all of this, then? Of course, a child's first learning experiences take place at home, but formal education and secondary learning begin in preschool. Children develop a solid foundation in pre-academic, social, and general life skills at preschool that will help them succeed in school and beyond.

It's hard to send your child off to school for the first time especially when they are just toddlers, but giving your child a quality preschool education will set them for greater success in every area of life.

According to research, children who are directly admitted to K2L or Formal schools struggle more than children who have gone to stand alone preschools. Also, children who have completed preschool have improved academic readiness, lower incarceration rates, and higher earnings.

Here are 7 reasons why Preschool education matters:

  1. Teaches children to learn: Young children learn through play. If a child's first exposure to classroom learning is in an overly academic setting, they may fail to develop a strong sense of curiosity and become disinterested in school. Preschool allows children to learn in ways that interest them, fostering a positive association with learning. The best preschool fosters in children a desire to learn that they will carry with them throughout their school careers.

  2. Promotes the development of social skills: Children spend a great amount of time at preschool with other children and adults who are not members of their families. The setting provides numerous opportunities to learn how to make friends, cooperate, listen, and develop basic conversation skills.

  3. Boost Pre-Literacy skills: Teachers at preschool provide a variety of games and activities to help children develop pre-literacy skills. Children sing alphabet songs, learn rhymes that help them differentiate between sounds, read aloud stories, and play with magnetic alphabet letters. Children often develop a sense of excitement and motivation to continue learning in addition to learning these foundations. Preschool pre-literacy learning occurs during activities that are naturally appealing to children, resulting in positive associations with reading.

  4. Creates Creativity & Curiosity: The preschool environment is designed to promote exploration. Young children have active imaginations, which can be cultivated to fuel learning and creativity. Preschool teachers are specially trained to assist children in developing their own ideas and thoughts. Instead of pushing "correct" answers or behaviors, they encourage curiosity, ask questions, and listen to children's ideas. Children are more likely to develop curiosity and creativity when they are exposed to a stimulating environment and appropriate adult interactions.

  5. Allows children to make choices: Preschoolers get to choose which activities they want to participate in. That means they get to pursue their interests while also learning decision-making skills and responsibility. Children are urged to make their own decisions.

  6. Develops Emotional, Cognitive & Motor skills: Children develop cognitive skills and motor skills by engaging in activities that encourage them to try new things, solve problems, ask questions, and simply observe their surroundings. Preschool emphasizes these types of activities, and as a result, children learn more.

  7. Teaches children to Share & Care: Sharing and Caring are the most important life skills that most children must learn. Many small children dislike allowing others to play with their toys or giving up other items they consider their own.

Preschool will help your child learn to share and understand the value of it as well as care for it. The earlier your child learns to share, the easier it will be for them to make and maintain friendships.

Preschool, above all, helps children develop the skills they will need to grow throughout their lives and provides a foundation for growth.

They will be more able to ask for help and cooperate if their social and communication skills improve. They are less likely to struggle or have a negative school experience if they have strong pre-literacy, cognition, and math foundation skills.

Children's emotional skills and understanding of the world will help them become productive members of society as they grow older.

Getting your child in the right preschool enhances the journey for the future of your child.


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