There are some parents who are holdouts on the importance of this, and they do have reasons.
The main reasoning behind not enrolling a child in an early form of education does mainly have its roots in past bad experiences, or the lack of resources available to early childhood programs, as well as the low pay and lack of training that some educators in this field endure. Early childhood is a prime timeframe in which to absorb good education or suffer from a bad experience in the educational field, and parents that withhold their children from early educations do fear bad experiences. Since success in kindergarten and grade school does hinge on the earlier experiences in either nursery schools or pre-schools, as well as daycares, parents who suspect programs that are not up to standards may very well never enroll their children in any sort of early learning.
This can be a disservice to children, as much more than learning occurs in an early childhood program.
Although a good program will include the basics of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), there is so much more involved. Children learn social skills, and this is doubly important for an only child with limited access to other children. They are exposed to diversity of cultures and thoughts and do learn to be accepting of others and the unique qualities of each individual and each culture. Children in early learning programs do absorb the ability to accept all others from outside their own world. They learn to resolve conflicts which arise both with the aid of the staff and on their own, since staff cannot be everywhere for everyone all the time.
The ability to absorb and learn conflict resolution is imperative in life.
Children learn to become less self-absorbed and more group oriented which again is a skill they will need throughout life. The independence they learn through all the above interactions and experiences does indeed make them stronger and more cognizant of others, while at the same time helping them overcome any shyness or lack of self-confidence. Children are very teachable at an early age and a good early childhood experience will always enhance their ability to learn throughout later stages of schooling. While some parents might choose to wait until kindergarten for a child to start the learning process, a child’s ability to learn is inherent from the day they are born and most proponents of early childhood education will attest to this. Parents can and do teach well sometimes at home, but many do not have the background to do so as effectively as when children are taught by professionals. Again, the socialization aspect cannot be overlooked as it is a prime component.
The benefits of early childhood education outweigh the disadvantages.
Yes, there are some disadvantages. In a group setting, there is more likelihood of minor disease transmission such as colds and flu. There is more likelihood perhaps of bullying by one child of another. There is the likelihood that a shy child will not get the attention they need and deserve. But the advantages well outweigh the risks and parents that choose an early learning facility with great staff, can rest easy that the staff can handle any challenges amongst all children. It is imperative to choose carefully however and speaking with other parents and exerting due diligence IS needed! A good experience in early childhood education is of utmost importance.
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