Every Australian parent wants the best for their young child or children and positive childhood development forms a major component of a child’s growth as they go through the preschool years in preparation for starting primary school.
This post is going to be taking a closer look at how early education affects child development and what the benefits are of enrolling your child in an early education centre.
What is An Early Education Facility?
For starters, an early education centre offers far more than just a safe place to leave the little ones or preschoolers while parents go off to work or to run errands or socialise. As the name strongly hints at, these centres are focused on educating young children in various ways before they commence the school years. Part of the reason for this is to get children school-ready. That way, when they do start primary school, they’ll have some education basics under their belts and feel a lot more confident and at ease with everything. This also results in fewer separation anxiety incidents when the big day comes.
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Early education centres are places that provide safe and secure daycare for kids, but they are also education facilities with a curriculum targeted to a very young age bracket. Most of all, aside from learning and positive early development, kids always have fun every day they attend the centre.
Importantly, staff members are highly trained, caring and nurturing individuals. Children are not only well looked after, but they will also learn how to interact and communicate both with adults, as well as other kids. This bodes well for when they start school and need to interact with teachers and kids alike.
Does Early Child Care Affect Children’s Development?
Yes, it does, but in a very positive way. That’s what early child care and education centres are designed for. They are all about childhood development, getting the best out of children while they are at such a young and impressionable age.
Every activity has been created in such a way that it’s both interactive and engages a child’s interest. If children are bored (and we all know kids hate to be bored) they simply won’t learn, or won’t pick up on things as effectively as when they are fully interested and engaged. Therefore, every activity is also designed to be enjoyable.
Some activities in the curriculum will focus on academics, so kids get the basics in subjects such as math and English before they start school. Other activities focus on physical development, promoting muscle growth, balance, coordination, flexibility, fine motor skills and much more. Other activities, such as music therapy, engage both sides of the brain, which in turn promotes impressive brain development.
Creative activities are also pursued as they are both fun as well as teaching children more about painting, drawing, music, instruments, colours and so forth. Creative pursuits are always excellent tools for positive brain development.
Something else that’s vitally important for young children to learn more about and be mindful of is good nutrition and healthy eating. A quality early learning centre will focus on nutrition, so kids understand from a very early age why it’s important and what the benefits are to them. Kids don’t just want to know that eating broccoli is good for them, for example. They need to understand why and how it’s going to benefit them in a way they can relate to.
At Endeavour Early Education centres, we have the children grow and tend to their very own vegetable patch. This gives them an opportunity to learn a little about farming and how things work, as well as giving them a much deeper appreciation for vegetables. When it comes time to harvest, the vegetables are picked and cooked up into delicious, healthy meals by our on-site chefs.
Endeavour Early Education Centres
At Endeavour Early Education centres, our curriculum of fun and educational activities is very well rounded. We have 3 centres in NSW at Dural, Concorde and Kariong. If you want to know more about what we offer and how we can help your child develop in a positive way, just give us a call and have a chat with one of our staff members.