Updated: Apr 7, 2021
There is an African proverb which says that “it takes a village to raise a child.” This proverb touches on the importance of connectedness when it comes to the development of a child. African culture recognises that parenting is a shared responsibility between not just the mother and father, but all who are available. Each family member, neighbour, cousin, friend, or carer has a part to play in your child’s development.
Many parents are nervous to send their children to preschool and may have many questions surrounding the need and effect of preschool on children:
“Are they too young to start preschool?"
"Will they enjoy a structured environment?"
"How will they cope with the separation?”
"Do kids even need preschool?"
These questions are all completely natural, however there is nothing to worry about. Preschool education in child development is essential.
Preschool has innumerable benefits for both your child, and you! In fact, "children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not," says National Institute for Early Education director W. Steven Barnett, PhD.
Children thrive in the dynamic environment preschool provides with ample interaction from and creativity. Though our lives may drift towards isolation in these trying times, having a network of support like the one our preschool provides becomes the heart of healthy child development.
1. Preschool will help your child develop emotionally and socially
In preschool your child will learn valuable social and emotional skills that will set them up not only for primary school, but for life. Our familiar family environment encourages children to form important bonds with others that shape their future relationships.
From the ages of 2-3 there many social development milestones that we help our children to cross. We teach our children healthy and effective communication, sharing, compromising and problem solving. In a preschool environment, children gain a sense of self and individuality. The children learn positive relationships to develop their self confidence and learn acceptable behaviour.
2. School Readiness
The structured and stable environment of preschool provides space for your child to learn how to be a student. Your child will learn patience, how to take turns and how to raise their hands. They also learn how to interact in groups, as your child would in a classroom.
This leads into an easier transition from preschool to primary school, creating a domino effect in which your child is ready for the transitional phases in life as they come.
3. Language and Cognitive Skills
In Lucky Beans’ dynamic environment, language and cognitive skills thrive. Children’s linguistic skills are nurtured in a safe environment supported by plenty of attentive adults. New vocabulary words are introduced through exciting daily activities.
We recognise that each child is unique and requires their own pace with learning and language development.
4. An Academic Jumpstart
Choosing preschool gives your child an academic jumpstart.
In our preschool we teach pre-math, pre-literacy, art and French. Our teachers read stories to the children to encourage active listening, language skills and comprehension. Pre-math activities involve counting and sorting games that keep the children engaged and active learners. Our children are encouraged to learn language through singing, creative and imaginative play and gently learning to read.
Preschool is a way to introduce your child to academics without the pressure of succeeding. Children in preschool learn to explore their surroundings with healthy curiosity and learn to become well-rounded little individuals.
5. A Lucky Beans Bonus: Nature Outings
As a forest school, we provide a preschool experience that supports exploration and mindful risk taking, which is essential for healthy child development. The process involves exploring nature in a safe, hands-on way. Forest school participants become resilient, healthy, creative and inspired independent learners. This unique experience allows children to be children and expand their development beyond the classroom.
Early education through preschool is an excellent decision for any parent who wants their child to experience cognitive, behavioural and social development they would not learn at home. Children thrive developmentally in a strong, village-like community. Choosing a high quality preschool is also very important to ensure your child is getting the most out of the many benefits it provides.
Lucky Beans extends learning beyond the classroom through a forest school ethos, giving your child a positive and inspiring environment in which they can thrive.
If you have any questions regarding sending your child to preschool, do reach out to us!