Early Childhood Education is the most important stage in a child’s life. This is where they learn to develop a strong foundation that can be beneficial for them in their future endeavours.
Here are some of the essential benefits from a teacher’s perspective:
1. Socialization: children will learn how to communicate more effectively with people other than their own family in a safe environment.
2. Concept of Cooperation: teachers can guide them on how to share, cooperate with each other, take turns and persevere.
3. Encouraging Holistic Development: This approach will build a strong foundation for a child’s emotional, social, physical and mental development, which will prepare them for a lifetime.
4. Enthusiasm for Lifelong Learning: Learning new concepts in a fun way will encourage children to be more effective learners.
5. Convey the Value of Education Through Experience: Children will gain a new perspective while grasping the value of learning from teachers as role models and by actual experiences.
6. Respect: Respect for others, for their environment, both immediate and global.
7. Teamwork: Demonstrating and instilling the importance of teamwork that can teach respect for the opinions of others, listening, cooperation and equality.
8. Resilience: By creating a consistent, secure and fair social environment, with clear expectations and predictable consequences, children can develop skills in managing themselves and their emotions.
9. Concentration: During preschool years, children explore at every opportunity to discover new experiences, new friends and new environments. Their minds are so lively and imaginative.
10. Patience: Children need opportunities to be involved in an abundance of social experiences, where they can explore and practise the social skill of patience.
12. Confidence and Self-Esteem: This is critical. A strong sense of well-being provides children with confidence, optimism and self-esteem which will encourage children to explore their talents, skills and interests.
13. Exposure to Diversity: Valuing difference and diversity are crucial to a child’s early development. Early childhood education serves to guide children to appreciate and accept differences and become well-rounded contributors to society.