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Why is Kindergarten Education Important?
Kindergarten helps set a strong foundation for children’s educational journey. Also, kindergarten programs help children gain the following:
- Strong sense of identity and wellbeing
- Connection with and contribution to their world
- Confidence and more involvement in learning
- Effective communication
In the children’s early years, the priority is letting children build awareness and connection about themselves and the world around them.
Why should your child go to kindergarten?
Kindergarten programs allow children to:
- Make friends and learn to work with others
- Express their creativity through art and dance
- Build their listening and conversational skills
- Develop their foundational skills on reading, writing and mathematics
In early learning centres, you might see additional emphasis on helping children further develop their problem solving skills and imagination. For example, here at Dorset Early Learning Centre we facilitate programs and activities geared towards the development of those foundational skills. Those activities are based on the developmental priorities and the children’s interests.
Kindergarten programs accept children 3 to 5 years old. An earlier start will provide more benefits. After all, the first five years are crucial to children’s brain development (90 per cent of their brain has already developed by the time they turn 5). Also, two to three years of kindergarten is linked to better long-term learning and developmental outcomes.
What is taught in kindergarten?
Programs often run for 15 hours a week. Educators facilitate activities that allow children to:
- Learn about the world through play
- Manage their emotions and get along with others
- Build their language skills
- Learn about patterns and numbers
- Help children become curious and creative
How to choose a kindergarten program?
If your child is already 2 years old, you can now start looking for a kindergarten program. You can prepare a short list, contact those services and book an appointment. While in the early learning centre, you can take note of the following:
- Did they make you feel welcome?
- Does the early learning centre facilitate a variety of fun learning experiences?
- Are the indoor and outdoor learning experiences stimulating?
- How will you know about your child’s progress?
- Does the program encourage positive behaviour?
- How do they support children with additional needs?
Overall, your child should be able to learn and play in a safe and supportive environment. This way, you help your child get an amazing start in life.