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Why Early Years Education is so Important

There are many benefits to early years education, a lot more than just the 'basic skills'. Children will learn how to socialise, be kind, gain confidence, grow independant and hopefully be on the path to a happy and successful adult life. 

An individual’s mental health state mostly stems from their early childhood, this being because this is the first time children will start to interact with others, so they learn how to do that appropriately. Unfortunately, there are many people who think early years education is just learning basic skills, but this is not true.

A statement from the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) –

Early childhood care and education (ECCE) is more than preparation for primary school. It aims at the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing. ECCE has the possibility to nurture caring, capable and responsible future citizens.”

What benefits does early years education have on a child's future? 

Many studies have proved that early years education has academic and cognitive benefits, children aged 3 – 5 who attend early years education achieve better grades later on and socialise better with others. During early years, a child who feels safe and happy at school is a child who is open to learning opportunities.

By mixing with other children, they will be able to build healthy relationships, learn how to share, listen, be kind and also become independent.

Research has also proven that children tend to learn more new things in their younger years, concentration is one of those meaning that children will start to train their attention spans which will benefit their learning and improve relationships throughout their lives.

How can teachers improve learning outcomes for early years children?

Teachers can take topics that fascinate individual students and expand these topics through in classes and at home activities. Targeting these areas can help students develop critical thinking skills, which gives them more complex answers other than ‘yes’ and ‘no’.

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The top 5 benefits of early years education

  • Children will develop emotional resilience and health relationships from socialising.
  • Good habits will be formed, including routine, communication skills and more independence.
  • Academic skills like maths and literacy
  • They will hopefully grow into a happy and successful adult
  • A life of enjoying learning new skills, seeing new places and meeting new people

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