Early childhood education is defined as the education imparted to children below the age of 5, at which point they are traditionally inducted into school. Although many argue that this basic level of education can be taken care of at home, it has been proven that preschools, with a structured early childhood curriculum, do a much better job at giving your child the edge above.
Early childhood curriculum is based on the knowledge of the inner workings of the mind of a 2 – 5 years-old. At this age, the child’s mind is growing more rapidly than at any other age. He or she is also learning about and exploring themselves as well as the world around them, and are developing physically as well. This development can be fostered by early childhood curriculum.
Many parents are unwilling to admit their child in a preschool because they do not want him or her to face academic pressure so early in life. However, rather than being strictly academic, early childhood curriculum focuses on building an unbreakable foundation for the child, where the child learns a little bit about everything around him, but most of all learns to wonder and be curious and, as a result, develops a thirst for knowledge that lasts him or her their whole life.
Secondly, early childhood curriculum provides a child with the kind of all-round development that they may not be able to find at home. The teachers are experts in their field and know how to teach an integrated syllabus, where the child not only learns basic language, mathematics, arts, music, sports and motor skills in his or her early childhood curriculum but do so in an interactive way, such that each activity teaches them multiple skills and gives the practical awareness of various concepts and skills that they later understand in greater detail.
Admittedly, staying at home has the benefit of bonding with the family and earning the moral values that only family can teach. However, early childhood curriculum also includes the social learning that children undertake when they interact with each other, especially considering the varying backgrounds of every child. Moral values such as tolerance, patience, teamwork and sharing are taught to a child in a practical, day-to-day manner rather than simply through stories or moralizing lectures. On a daily basis, early childhood curriculum only takes up a minor part of the child’s day, while the rest is for the child to spend at home with the family. In fact, it has been found that spending some time away from home and his or her parents makes the parent-child bonding stronger and more valued by both parties. It is important to note that at this age, the child is finding the first few hints of independence in his or her personality, which can be repressed if the child is constantly made to stay at home and under the guidance of their parents.
Early childhood curriculum is nothing but a well-thought out, structured attempt to teach the new generation something more than we previously had, benefiting them without damaging their mental, physical, emotional and social development in any way. It is a small investment that will go a long way.