As parents, we automatically want the best for our children – to be healthy, to be safe, and to also be equipped with skills and resources that’ll help them succeed in their adult lives. A lot of these lifelong skills are obtained during their early years of learning, hence the reason why so many parents put so much thought in choosing the right pre-school for their children.
This is even more apparent in recent years where both parents are working to make a living and to provide the very best for their children. But what makes a good early childhood education? What are the key considerations that parents need to look out for in this day and age?
Look For a School That Can Anticipate the Future
With the fast-paced world that we live in and the ever-changing development in technology, schools need to be on their toes when it comes to their curriculum. It isn’t so much about incorporating technology into the curriculum but more of how the school can help to develop your child to be prepared for what the future might bring.
For example, 5-10 years ago, book and grades play a huge part in a child’s life, these days it’s not a lot on textbook learning- it’s more experiential learning and empowering the children. There are lots of project-based learning in order to make kids more independent and to global or critical thinkers.
According to Mr Ali Raza, Regional Director of Beaconhouse Group of Schools, a school should re-look into their curriculum every 5 years in order to be relevant to current times.
Understand That Every Child Develops at Their Own Pace
Picking the right school for your child is one piece of the puzzle. Once you’ve picked the school and understand its curriculum, parents would need to trust the school rather than try to push their child to come up to a certain speed. We know it’s worrying when your child doesn’t seem to be at par with your friend’s kid, but at a young age, every child learns at their own pace and it’s unfair to push them beyond their ability.
“Parents should be able to see attributes being developed. Every kid, especially at a very young age, learns at their own pace. So parents need to relax a little when children are at that age. Just focus on the learning outcomes of a certain age,” says, Mr Ali Raza.
“Focus on the learning outcomes of a certain age.”
Partnership Between Parents and The School
These days in most households, both parents are working to make ends meet and to provide their children with a better future. But this doesn’t mean that we should solely leave it up to the school to educate our children. Both parent and school should work together for the betterment of the child. Take some time out of your day to spend time with them to go through what they’ve learnt in school or sit with them while they do their homework. Not only will this help them remember what they’ve learnt and be more confident, but it’s also quality time spent together with your child.
By the time a child is 6 or 7, most kids would have developed the foundation of their personality. Early childhood education is not just about striving academically, but it is learning lessons that will get them to think, question and be more independent, so they’ll be ready for what the real world holds.
Originally Developed for Parenthood.my