The proven benefits of early education for children.
Last month, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare issued an official statement detailing the direct impact of quality early education on childhood development, concluding that “programs that focus on the early years can only enhance educational outcomes for children”. Researchers also determined that early education has a significant short and long-term impact on important factors like cognition, social development, emotional intelligence, language development, and academic progress. If you would like to learn more about how early education can set the stage for a lifetime of academic success, read on.
Over the last thirty years, an extensive amount of research has been collected on the subject of early childhood development. Findings show that birth to age 6 serve as a crucial time for academic and social growth. The review also touches on the correlation between development and participation in early education programs. Following is a breakdown by age group:
Children consistently attending high quality child care were found to be less impulsive, more socially competent, and capable of expressing themselves with a more advanced vocabulary. Research also shows that poor quality child care programs were linked to poor cognitive function and issues with language development, so it’s important for the child care program to be highly focused and high quality in order for it to be most effective.
Preschool Stage (3-5 years): Preschool, Kindergarten
Longitudinal studies have determined that day care with preschool programs can help increase emotional wellbeing, decrease social disadvantage, improve social competency, and prepare children for a seamless transition to the next level of schooling. There was also a clear correlation between an increase of attendance with an increase in intellectual development, greater independence, improved concentration, and socializing ease.
Day care centers with preschool programs incorporated were found to further the development of cognitive and social skills. There was also an improvement in standardized testing scores in primary school students as well. Early education programs can teach your child how to have confidence, work with others, concentrate, have patience, socialize, cooperate, respect authority, and so much more.