You may feel like it’s too early to send your child to any type of school, but nursery school is essential to setting your child up for success in the future. At nursery school children learn all kinds of important academic social skills. In fact, it is at nursery school that the foundations of your child’s education will be laid. Early education helps children to succeed for the rest of their school career. If you find yourself wondering whether of not to send your child to preschool, here are five good reasons why it would be beneficial for your child to attend nursery school.
Nursery school is a structured environment
Although it may look like chaos, nursery school is a highly structured environment. This is important has it helps children to learn to make friends and play nicely with each other. However, having a structured environment doesn’t mean that there are lots of strict rules for your child to abide by, and a teacher directing their every action. Much of why a nursery school may seem chaotic, is because the structure is invisible to the children. The structure promotes learning through play using a variety of educational tools to foster positive learning behaviour and concentration ability in the children.
Children learn with and from each other
Young children learn unconsciously through observation, repetition and imitation. When in contact with other children of different ages, races, cultures, religions, talents and heritages, children learn from their classmates. As such, each child develops their own knowledge, abilities and social skills, forming the bases of their learning.
Children develop their motor skills
It cannot be stressed enough how important play is for children. One of the benefits of play is that it helps to improve a child’s physical coordination. In addition, at nursery school children will participate in activities like beading, art, cutting with scissors and playing with a ball to help develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and balance.
Nursery school promotes emotional and social development
At nursery school, a young child learns to foster trusting relationships outside of the family structure with their teachers and other caregivers. At early learning programmes, children learn important social skills and emotional self-control through their experience with their peers. Teachers will make use of situations that arise throughout the day to teach the children how to manage their frustrations and anger. This does not mean that teachers will step in and resolve children’s conflicts. On the contrary, nursery school teachers know when to step in, and when to let a conflict play out so that the children can learn to work their own conflicts out. At the same time, teachers will make children aware of the impact of their aggressive of hurtful behaviour toward other children, without shaming them. With these opportunities to make friends and foster relationships, these social interactions are crucial for providing the foundations for how children will interact with others in the future.
Children learn important language and cognitive skills
Between the ages of three and five a child’s vocabulary grows, on average, from about nine hundred to two thousand five hundred words and their sentences become longer and more complex. This learning will happen in a “language rich” environment. This means an environment where children are surrounded by new language, such as through story telling and interacting with teachers and peers. As such, nursery school teachers stretch children’s language skills by introducing new vocabulary in every activity throughout the day, and through conversation with the children by asking thought-provoking questions. Moreover, children’s cognitive skills are developed through engaging in a broad variety of hands on activities that challenge them to observe, ask questions, solve problems, and test their ideas at nursery school.
It is clear then that at nursery school your child will be in a safe environment where they will be making friends, building knowledge and social relationships and building their confidence so that they can thrive in the future.
AUTHOR: Louw Albert