It may come as a surprise to some parents, but between the ages of three and five, young learners will establish the foundation needed for a lifetime of educational success. On the surface, early childhood education programmes may seem like a lot of playtime with a few simple art projects mixed in, but young students are doing some serious learning in the classroom.
For example, students who are listening to a story that their teacher is reading are developing their pre-literacy skills. Those that are playing with blocks and other manipulatives are grasping the basics of pre-numeracy skills.
Neural Pathway Development Most Active Before Age 5
Research links early childhood education to important cognitive, social and emotional gains. In fact, the majority of critical brain development takes place before children even reach their first year of school. Researchers have found that the human brain is most receptive to learning between birth and three years of age. Indeed, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, this is the most critical time for laying active neural pathways and the optimum time to maximise cognitive development in pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills.
What are Pre-literacy and Pre-numeracy Skills?
These are the skills that students develop quickly in early childhood education programmes that offer hands-on learning opportunities in a play-based environment. Essentially, these are the skills that students will need in order to set the foundation for future learning. Pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills are required for students to understand more complex concepts in the future, such as phonics, reading, writing and mathematics.
Parents need to understand the importance of early childhood education, and they need to partner with a school that offers an innovative approach to these critical programmes. This is their child's first step on their educational journey, and it will determine their ability to be successful well into the future.
Success Starts with Early Childhood Education
Mathematical development, literacy and spatial awareness complement a child's social and emotional development. Cultivating strong pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills give children a solid academic foundation through phonemic awareness and number concepts. By the time our youngest learners leave our Early Childhood programme, they are well prepared to deepen their understanding and learning in our dynamic Primary School.