The impact that early learning centres can have on a child’s development and preparation for life is substantial, according to The Little Unicorn early education centre.
It said that access to quality early childhood education programs improves not only the intellectual development of a child, but also their physical, emotional and social skills and abilities.
Choosing the right centre for your child can seem overwhelming, and the cost and emotional separation alone are big issues. But so too are the benefits that a high quality early learning centre can offer your child.
The best way for young children to build confidence and resilience is to interact with other kids. Early childhood centres allow children to interact with same age peers, developing the language and social skills required to relate with other children and make friends.
The centres are also language-rich environments, which provides your child with a fantastic place to grow and stretch their vocabulary ahead of ‘big school’ where small developments in language and comprehension can have a huge impact on their learning.
Some childhood centres provide access to pre-literacy and school readiness programs. These are fantastic programs that specifically target the key developmental areas that will assist your child’s transition into formal schooling.
Finding a centre with trained educators also means that an expert is able to identify any developmental stumbles your child may have. These could be in areas such as speech, hearing or sight. Catching these issues early, rather than after they have enrolled into school allows time to address the problem before it has the ability to affect their learning.
Many early childhood centres even offer food and nutrition programs specifically designed to nourish growing little bodies and minds. This can be of huge value to children of this age group as it is the most crucial years of their cognitive development.
Research has shown that children who have been enrolled in 600hrs of early learning the year before school, arrive ready to participate and engage in organised learning. Not only have they been given an environment where they can safely develop and grow, but they are able to express themselves in creative ways and are excited to learn.
As a parent, letting go and taking that next step for your child’s education may seem overwhelming but with the help of the right early childhood centre and their trained staff, it will be an amazing and hugely rewarding step for both you and your child.
At The Little Unicorn, staff value, respect and work with you, and your child’s unique qualities and abilities, and view each child as an active participant and decision maker in their own learning.
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