If you’re thinking of giving your child a head start before school, it pays to send them to a childcare centre that focuses on early childhood education.
Research shows that early childhood education is one of the best ways to help your child develop the social, emotional and cognitive skills they need to prepare for primary school and beyond.
Here are a few ways that your child can benefit from early childhood education, now and in the future.
1. They’ll develop good habits
Daily routines help children feel safe and secure. They’re also a great way to teach children healthy habits, like brushing their teeth or washing their hands. When children know what to expect each day, they’re more likely to be calm, settled and get into good sleeping habits. Over time, they’ll start taking charge of daily activities, like getting dressed and packing their bag.
Childcare is ideal for helping your child get into a good routine. Educators know what skills your child needs to develop and use various techniques to help them develop these skills in a safe, structured environment. This not only prepares your child for kindergarten, but makes family life easier, so you spend less time trying to get your child to cooperate and more time enjoying each other’s company.
2. They’ll develop literacy and numeracy skills
Literacy and numeracy skills form a foundation for education, but it’s more than just reading, writing and counting. Children learn literacy skills by listening to stories, talking about pictures and drawing shapes on paper. They learn numeracy skills by singing and playing music, or pouring sand into containers of different sizes.
The literacy and numeracy skills your child learns before they start school have a dramatic impact on their academic success later in life. Research shows that children who attend childcare for three years or more perform much better on year 4 literacy and numeracy tests1, while 18 months of preschool has a greater impact on literacy and numeracy levels at age 11, than all six years of primary school1.
3. They’ll develop emotional resilience
Childcare gives your child an opportunity to develop social skills, which helps them form healthy relationships with other people. They’ll learn how to get along with other children, share and take turns, listen to others, communicate their ideas and become independent. As your child gets older, they’ll use these skills to develop friendships that will shape their sense of identity and their future.
Childcare also helps your child develop emotional resilience. Research shows that children who attend childcare at age 2-3 are more likely to be attentive and better able to deal with their emotions when they start school2. Studies have even found that parents benefit from sending their children to childcare, reaping social, emotional and even financial rewards from the relationships they develop with other families at the centre.
4. They’ll enjoy a successful future
Did you know the benefits of early childhood education can last a lifetime? A 30-year study in the United States found that adults who had a high-quality early childhood education from 0-5 years were more likely to be continuously employed and graduate from university3.
The skills your child learns in the early years of their life are important for their social, emotional and academic success. In fact, research shows that children who don’t attend preschool are 50% more likely to start school with a developmental vulnerability1.
5. They’ll develop a lifelong love of learning
A high quality childcare centre will not only look after your child safely while you work, but also inspire a lifelong love of learning. Access to early childhood education can provide children with social and cognitive experiences that help them become independent and develop a positive attitude to learning. These skills help your child settle into primary school and drive their academic success4.
Whether your child is starting school next year or a few years’ time, consider giving them a head start by sending them to a childcare centre that provides high-quality early childhood education in a fun, caring and supportive environment.
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- Goodstart Early Learning. The difference early learning makes for children: The evidence. May 2015. Available from: www.goodstart.org.au/media-centre.
- Gialamas A, Sawyer A, Mittinty MN et al. Quality of childcare influences children’s attentiveness and emotional regulation at school entry. Journal of Pediatrics 2014; 165(4): 813-819.
- Campbell FA, Pungello EP, Burchinal M et al. Adult outcomes as a function of an early childhood educational program: an Abecedarian Project follow-up. Developmental Psychology 2012; 48(4): 1033.
- Elliott A. Early childhood education: Pathways to quality and equity for all children. Melbourne: Australian Council for Educational Research; 2006.