Children learn so much about life in their first few years. The lessons and experiences that they face in the early parts of their lives shape their physical and mental development. The developing brain of an infant and a toddler adapts quickly and the more attention and friendships they acquire, the better they will be for it. Daycare and pre-school are critical institutions for the developing brain, and the interactions they make at these ages will influence their progression into early childhood and beyond.
Reduces Individualistic Thinking
While growing up, children are used to getting what they want. Without understanding the premise of manners or etiquette, they often get what they demand, and are used to being treated as if they are the ‘centre of the universe.’ When kids begin interacting with other kids, they are quick to learn the concepts of sharing, politeness, and courtesy for others. They learn which behaviours sit well with their peers and which kinds of attitudes are unappreciated in a social setting.
Improves Confidence with Academics
Kids that attend daycare are around children their age which helps to establish a sense of familiarity when they eventually enter elementary school. Many kids that enter elementary school experience separation anxiety from their parents. Unfortunately, this may contribute to learning difficulties. Children that have been pre-exposed to classroom-type settings are going to be set up well for academia and will be less afraid to make mistakes as they’ll understand how to deal with negative feedback or jeers/laughter from their peers.
Improved Connections with Adults
A young child relies on their connections with adults. It can be scary for little children that are only used to spending time with their parents and grandparents to spend so much time with new adults. Adults that will shape their future include teachers, counsellors, principals and teaching assistants. These adults are going to be interacting with your child every day, and those children that have attended daycare, have a preconceived idea about how to communicate with adults and how to treat them with respect.
An Only Child Needs Socialization
Socialization is especially pertinent for children with no siblings. Children that grow up with brothers or sisters are at somewhat of an advantage as it relates to social interactions. Children that aren’t raised with other siblings benefit from daycares and pre-school because they learn to communicate and play with kids their age. Although being a good parent is important in teaching children how to be caring, kind and playful, there are some things that they can only learn when interacting with kids their age. Certain qualities that are taught proficiently through connections with children include empathy, honesty, listening skills, problem-solving abilities, etc.
There are so many reasons why sending your child to daycare and pre-school is critical, whether your kid is an only child or not, the socialization reduces individualistic thinking, it improves their confidence in the classroom, and it improves relationships with important adults that will shape their future.