Upscaling early childhood education in India is the way to skillful higher education

Children are born with the ability to learn, and their brains develop through experiences. They learn by playing and exploring in safe and engaging surroundings and require opportunities to practice and repeat what they are learning.

Research indicates that 85% of a child’s cumulative brain development occurs before age 6, emphasizing the critical importance of care and stimulation of the brain in the early years. Preschools catalyze their educational journey as a good start helps youngsters stay ahead of the learning curve. When things are evolving rapidly and new concepts and techniques are emerging, these institutions are working towards the development of children’s cognitive and creative abilities from an early age.

Role of Early Childhood Education

High-quality, dynamic early learning experiences can help bridge the gap in learning foundational skills. Formerly, many children did not have access to early childhood education or were engaged in programs that could not help them reach their full potential. However, access to early childhood education has grown substantially in recent years.

As the accessibility of early childhood education advances, preschool educational institutions have a remarkable opportunity to develop a robust curriculum and a child-friendly pedagogical structure that ensures quality and equity in learning. Innovative and concept-based programs can enhance children’s aptitude and motivate them to learn.

The global expansion and emphasis on early childhood education can improve many children’s future learning trajectories.

Early Child Education (ECE) Contributes to Higher Education

Preschools connect both ends and build a foundation for higher education. Young children’s emotional, intellectual and physical development directly affects the adults they will eventually become. That is why acknowledging the necessity of early education is crucial.

ECE programs help children achieve greater career opportunities, enhanced health and independence, and confidence in making decisions. Preschool helps children develop character and personality, which gear them for grade 1. Furthermore, it opens the door to a continuous passion for learning for younger children through social growth and experimentation, as well as the development of early academic learning through everyday interactions that thoroughly prepare them for their future learning.

For optimal growth, many institutions have started offering immersive learning, tutoring, and diverse extracurricular activities.

Preschools Shaping Tomorrow’s Future

Preschools strive to integrate playtime, skill, and character development opportunities and structured academics into their curriculum to make learning more multifaceted..

Due to its integrated approach to teaching these disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in India is rapidly catching up and becoming popular. Preschoolers are introduced to Robotics, Coding, STEM-based activities, and many other activities that improve their logical thinking and comprehension of concepts. Students today are more exposed to the internet and demand more interactive learning opportunities. They need to move beyond the conventional A, B, C, D education and explore different subjects. There are numerous possibilities for learning about these subjects comprehensively and engagingly. Youngsters’ sense of well-being is also dependent on their social-emotional development. Their early connections affect who they are, who they become, and how they perceive the world. Preschool teachers contribute to developing healthy social-emotional abilities, including self-regulation, empathy, teamwork, and good relationship-building. They are taught to facilitate the natural learning of concepts through language. For example, they teach numbers, sequences, and patterns through hands-on learning and outdoor activities to provide better sensory experiences to children.

Summing Up

Parents also play a vital role in a child’s holistic development and growth in early childhood. Owing to the current times, they should spend more time with their children and engage in activities with them at home to help their overall personality development from a tender age. They also need to choose a program that is best for their child.

Additionally, preschool provides opportunities for children to play, explore, find their interests, and solve issues. Consequently, children become active learners and develop a strong personality and overall emotional & intellectual aptitude required for higher education. Kindergarten/preschool teachers are early childhood experts who prepare the young ones to take their first steps into the bigger world.

sabhar: the times of india

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