Each stage in a child’s development is crucial and the right early education can help support the basis of these milestones. In fact children reach each milestone through the way they play, speak, learn, act and move.
The first months and years of a child’s life are vital times when soft skills and social interaction are the primary focus. And there are many aspects that can help children develop these qualities.
We’ll explore ways in which to assist with early education and the benefits of learning throughout these important stages.
Development through play
Allowing children to discover their interests through play without restriction gives them the freedom to form their own personalities and feel safe whilst doing so. Children should be given time to explore and play freely, which can help foster creativity.
Gentle encouragement in this area can help a child build educational skills in a fun and practical way. When the child is ready, it can be helpful to introduce them to new ways of learning, such as through STEM education.
These types of resources could prove particularly useful as the U.S. Department of Education recently launched an initiative to improve STEM education for everyone, to increase skills and competitiveness worldwide.
Problem-solving and organisation development
Pre-school age is an important time for neurological development. Observing others, problem-solving through play and discussion, and using objects within this framework are all great ways to harness skills.
Establishing routines both at home and daycare can help children learn about structure and organization and the importance of establishing where they fit in within a wider group.
Learning the value of friendship and relationship
Social skills are an imperative part of life and it’s vital to begin building these qualities at an early age. These include verbal skills, interaction, forming friendships and learning emotions.
Children learn important aspects such as empathy, sharing and negotiation through interacting with peers as well as adults.
Observing others, playing, taking turns and role play all allow children to develop values and secure attachments. They’ll also learn how to express themselves and manage their responses to a variety of situations.
Whilst most children will generally meet the important milestones at similar ages, each one is an individual so timescales can vary. If at any point you have any concerns about a child’s development, it’s important to speak to a professional. Whilst it’s likely nothing to worry about, getting support at an early stage can ensure they’re given the right help and opportunities.
Last Updated on July 26, 2023 by Lucy Clarke