We all dread (or look forward to) the time our little one finally reaches the age to go to nursery. It is around this time where we all sigh a relief to have a small break from food splats and excessively trained peripheral vision. So, why is nursery education important?
Nursery is the First Official Education Experience
Nursery is the first point of experience for a child in an official learning environment. This is a big marker in their life as it is the beginning of a long journey of learning. School can be challenging as for many children, integrating with other children and facing all-new challenges can be really daunting. With this in mind, nursery children can begin to gently socialise together, as well as begin learning in a much more casual environment than school. It also helps children prepare for the curriculum at structured schools, enabling them not to be so overwhelmed.
Nursery Aids Cognitive Development
The learning process in nursery is fantastic for aiding cognitive development.
Children learn a great deal in nursery, and the development comes from interaction in a big group and the ability to practise.
Nursery Facilitates Social Interaction Amongst Children
This is one of the most significant factors when it comes to why nursery is important for children. The social interaction children get is second to none when it comes to nursery education.
It’s the perfect place for children to socialise and interact with other children their own age and also in a supervised environment.
There are plenty of activities such as playing outside, colouring, or board games that help develop the fine motor skills (involved in small movements such as hands, feet and toes) and also the gross motor skills (involved in large movements such as crawling or running) of a child.
Nursery Introduces Time Management
When nursery time comes, long gone are the days where children can do whatever they please at any time (within reason!) Nursery helps children learn time management, as break time, lunchtime and play time etc. are all introduced into their normal day. This also sets up the child’s ability to practise time management for later life, where they will need it much more!
Nursery Encourages Phonological Awareness
Most of us will remember coming away from nursery knowing our letters and, today, it’s no different. Identifying and learning the sounds of the alphabet is the very beginning of learning.
Nursery is a Good Environment to Begin Structured Learning
For most children, nursery will be the first environment in which they are away from their parents or primary caregivers. This means it’s a time for anxiety with everyone involved. However, nursery is a much more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere compared to later learning. It should be a safe environment where children can go off and explore and not have to do anything they might not be ready for.