How early is too early to start preparing your child for school? The answer: it’s never too early to start educating your child. During the early stages of life, from birth up to the age of six, a child experiences astonishing growth. Brain development and change is more rapid during this period than at any other stage of life. Research shows that human brain development during the initial years of life is critical to a child’s future learning capacity. There are many positive ways to impact early learning.
Literacy development is when your child learns about expressing him or herself with noises, words and language. It forms the foundation for reading, writing, communicating and interacting with people. When it comes to supporting your child’s early literacy development it is never too early to start!
Earlier this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under five. Currently, 80 percent of adolescents do not get enough physical activity. According to WHO, the key to tackling childhood obesity and physical activity is getting it right from the very beginning. Specifically, it is thought that increasing the amount of active playtime for children under five will help kids to grow up healthy.
A boy’s early learning years are a time of rapid development as he becomes inquisitive about the world around him, acquires new skills, and starts to explore his independence. It’s an exciting time, as he quickly develops and grows into a young boy. Development is the term used to describe the changes in a boy’s physical growth, as well as his ability to learn the social, emotional, behavioural, thinking and communication skills for life. We’ve put together a list of essential milestones for early learning:
Early years education benefits your son in many ways. Australian research (Warren and Haisken-DeNew, 2013) has shown that children who attend preschool outperformed their peers by the time they reached Year 3. Based on NAPLAN scores, those that had early year/s pre-school education did particularly well in the domains of Numeracy, Reading and Spelling. Although most families understand the importance of early years education, for first-time parents, it can be difficult to determine which early education provider will be best suited to their child.
What happens in the first few years of a child’s life forms the foundations for the rest of his life. The early years of child development are a time where experiences irreversibly affect how the brain develops. Nurturing from a parent or a caregiver during this time supports healthy brain development and sets children up for success in school and in life.
Science builds our knowledge and understanding of the world, and allows us to create new technology and innovation and drive positive change and conservation.
There are many reasons why learning about science in early childhood education is essential. At the core, science provides the answers to many of the questions that young children ask, such as ‘Why is the sky blue?’ and ‘What makes the colours in a rainbow?’ It perfectly complements a child’s natural curiosity. As young children discover the world around them, the more they will learn about and develop a thirst for science.
Children can fear anything from monsters and dentists, to flies and water. It’s important to recognise that fear is a normal aspect of growing up. Broken down, certain fears tend to be common to particular age groups, though there are no hard and fast rules.
It is important to understand that not all fear is bad. You want your children to have a healthy avoidance of certain things like spiders, drugs, busy roads or even strangers. The key to understanding childhood fears, is to recognise that they are a normal part of your child’s development as he or she starts to learn more about the world. Children’s fears are likely to change over time. The key is to acknowledge the fear and help your child to face it rather than protect them from it.
Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscles of the hands. We use them in common activities such as getting dressed, opening lunch boxes and school bags or using pencils or scissors. The development of fine motor skills is important for children to carry out everyday tasks and gain a sense of independence.
Building a child’s literacy begins at birth and involves learning to speak, listen, read, understand, watch, draw and write.