Early Childhood Learning and Advantage of Pre-schools
Early childhood is the age at which almost the entire foundation of future learning, growth, development and conditioning is laid. It’s the time when base fundamentals of your child’s cognitive, emotional and psycho-social behaviour develop. It is therefore easy to understand why this is the phase in which your child needs to be nurtured most carefully.
The debate on whether this careful nurturing unfolds at home or can best be sought in a structured learning environment provided at pre-school is a never-ending one. We, at Beansprouts, believe that your child needs the best of both worlds. The importance of love, care and mentorship at home cannot be over-stated, but there are certain significant advantages associated with pre-schools which your child should not miss out on! We’ll take you through some of these.
Safe environment for social-emotional growth In order to be a socially and emotionally adept individual your child needs to interact with people other than family members. What better place than pre-schools to facilitate such interactions? A 3-year old child is ready to build relationships outside of home. In school, your child will find enthusiastic friends, caring teachers and meticulous caregivers. At Beansprouts, we have endeavoured to build safe, positive and hygienic spaces where your toddler can thrive. While children intuitively develop socio-emotional skills, we also build specific activities where students learn how to collaborate, how to express their emotions and how to communicate well with their fellow classmates.
A mix of structured and unstructured time Children need ample unstructured play and learn time to grow to the best of their potential. They also need careful mentoring and unobtrusive supervision to help them develop to their best potential. The best of pre-schools blend structured learning and unstructured exploration. In the former, basic learning (both scholastic and co-scholastic) is ensured, and in the latter, the child is encouraged to discover, make friends, take decisions, be curious and feel in full the joy of learning!
Basics of future learning – Numeracy, Language Literary and Know Your World As they progress, children go through highly specialised conceptual learning in order to be able to pursue a life and career of their choice. The roots of all this specialised learning go back to intuitive understanding of numbers, words and the community, society and environment. Pre-primary teachers are specialised in helping a child learn all basic skills and knowledge necessary for higher grades. At our pre-school, we also aim to maintain a healthy teacher-student ratio so that the specific learning needs of each child are understood and learning is customised accordingly.
Easier transition The pre-school world of learning builds a smooth transition zone between home and formal schooling. In pre-school, children are eased into a structure that they would be expected to follow in later years, while maintaining the exuberance associated with unstructured play. Also, the skills and basic knowledge necessary to pick on later learning are provided, thus not leaving any gaps for a child to fill up on their own.
Pre-schools are important places to help your child learn all kind of skills. A positive, specialised, secure and nurturing pre-school can work wonders towards developing cognitive, motor, social and language skills of your child. A good pre-school will also open its gates to parents, recognising them as equal partners in the child’s learning journey. Make sure you keep all the above parameters in mind when you head out to pick a pre-school for your child.