A child’s earliest years are crucial for their development. The skills and abilities they learn during this time will set the foundation for the rest of their lives. That is why early education development is so important.
Investing in early education development is one of the most brilliant things a society can do. It has been shown repeatedly that students who receive high-quality early education are more likely to succeed later in life. They are more likely to graduate from school with good grades, attend college, and get good jobs. They are also less likely to become involved in crime or drug abuse. Essentially, early education development lays the foundation for a lifetime of success.
As such, we take a look at the various benefits of early education development and how it prepares students to be well-rounded adults in the future.
Instil Social Skills
Regardless of age, good communication skills are necessary as they allow us to build and strengthen relationships with other people. For students, in particular, developing social skills early on can help them to interact with others positively, preparing them for a lifetime of success later in life.
Whether it is communicating effectively, resolving conflicts peacefully, or working together cooperatively, healthy social skills should never be disregarded. Fortunately, early education provides students with the opportunity to practise these essential social skills in an open and nurturing environment.
Multiple studies have shown that students who receive high-quality early education in their childhood years have better reading and Maths skills when they enter kindergarten. On top of that, their language skills and IQs are on a higher level than those of students who did not receive early education.
This suggests that early education development has a strong impact on a child’s future literacy achievement and establishes a well-grounded academic foundation. Considering that the education system in Singapore is highly competitive, students who have taken the time and effort to develop their skills in their childhood years can benefit from early academic enrichment.
Being exposed to the world can be intimidating and daunting for children, especially when they are unable to be by their parents’ side all the time. In addition, heading to a new school and being surrounded by new faces can put immense pressure on a child.
In order to ensure they can rely on themselves and develop their independence, cultivating early education development inculcates self-regulation skills, such as focusing on a specific task at hand, knowing how to empathise, and showing restraint when required. This is where an educator can come in and be a role model for children by displaying these self-regulation skills.
A child’s brain undergoes rapid development during its earliest years. During this time, they form attachments, develop language skills, and begin understanding the world around them. Therefore, it is crucial for children to have positive experiences during this time.
Since early education development places children in a safe and supportive environment, children will feel more confident and comfortable in being willing learners and seek the assistance of adults. A child is curious about many things in life, so adults should always offer a helping hand and foster their learning attitudes.
Develop Emotional Intelligence
Last but not least, early education helps students develop emotionally. Aside from allowing students to have higher self-esteem and be more confident in their capabilities, early education helps children express and convey their emotions better, a skill that some adults still struggle with. At the end of the day, children are human beings and are inherently social beings. By having empathy for and trust in other people, children can look forward to handling stress healthily and understanding different perspectives besides their own.
Early education development is an essential investment in the future of our society. By providing children with the opportunity to learn and grow, we are setting them up for a bright future ahead.
If you are interested in investing in early education development, you can get involved in many ways. You can volunteer at your local library or community centre, donate to charities that support early childhood education, engage in teacher training workshops in Singapore, or advocate for policy changes that would increase funding for early childhood programs. No matter what you do, you will make a difference in children’s lives and help build a better future for us all.
Make StrengthsAsia your partner in helping a child’s early educational development. Through the StrengthsFinder tool, we are able to carry out impactful leadership development workshops and dedicated workshops for teachers in Singapore that hone the strengths of educators. Not everyone is blessed with the natural ability to work alongside and teach children, so our workshops help educators leverage their respective skills to provide effective teaching strategies. To find out more about our workshops and other services, feel free to reach out to us.