Importance Of Preschool Education

07 October 2022
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“Play is not a flippant thing that they (children) do on the side of their real development-Play is The development,” says Catherine Sewell, a play specialist based in Australia. There is plenty of truth in what Ms. Sewell says about the importance of play in a young child’s life.

Preschools aren't about academic growth. They're there for social skill building, and preschoolers can benefit immensely from all that they learn at such a young age. The importance of preschool education is not just rooted in getting your child admission to a better school in the future, but also in making sure your child is learning important skills and concepts from preschool. Children are very perceptive and impressionable at a young age. Concepts taught to them at this age stay with them for a long while and they are able to internalize the logic very well. From the age of 26 months or less, parents should consider enrolling their children in a pre-school on a weekly basis just to make their children get used to the idea of school. As parents, no matter how much we try, it is often difficult to replicate the environment of a preschool and impart the same level of education to our children. The importance of early-childhood education reflects in the successful outcomes of those children who have been able to successfully socialise, reach their milestones on time, and progress in terms of brain and sensory development.

Habit formation, picture memory development, sensory skill development and more- here are some benefits of preschools.

Routine - Children crave routine. Habit-formation is an important part of making your young children get used to the idea of a routine. Waking up on time, eating their meals on time, getting dressed, catching the bus on time- all these habits need to be practiced consistently for them to become the rule, not the exception. Any deviation from the routine makes a child restless, leading to more tantrums and meltdowns. This is where the importance of preschool education comes in. Regular practice of healthy habits, being punctual and seeing other similar-aged children do the same helps in healthy habit formation at a young age.

Pictorial Memory Development - Pictorial memory development is an essential part of brain and memory formation. Pre-school educators are trained to teach your child important concepts via flashcards made appropriately for children at a particular age. This teaches them to think of concepts in terms of pictures, visualise their learning material and learn more efficiently, rather than indulge in just rote learning.

Sensory-Skill Development - Through a variety of daily tasks, play materials, building blocks, toys and games, children develop their sensory and motor skills in pre-school. Through learning gyms, physical activity, music classes and more- children improve their motor-sensory skills helping them reach their milestones early.

Social Skills - Socialising and meeting new children help your child come out of the protective bubble at home. Through socialising, your child develops their own range of emotions and becomes more empathetic, cooperative and social. They develop important concepts of community and coalition as they work together on group activities and play. They interact with new ideas and start thinking more about others’ perspectives instead of just theirs.

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