Many parents worry that sending their young child to nursery school might affect them negatively, and may lead to aggressive behaviour later on. Parents also often feel guilty about sending a one-and-a-half or two-year-old to day care or nursery school, instead of keeping them to be cared for at home. However, as many other parents, you might not be able to afford to keep your child at home all day – after all, you do have to put food on the table somehow.
A lot of research has shown, however, that far from having any negative effects on young children, being in a nursery or preschool tends to have an overwhelmingly positive effect on kids. Here are some of the reasons why:
Making Friends and Developing Social Skills
It is of course important for every parent to know that their child is in a safe, caring environment, with experienced adults around. This allows you to be off-duty without having to stress about it! Being in a nursery school allows your child to begin to interact with peers in a welcoming, playful environment. At this age learning and socializing is largely left up to the children, and not directed in any formal way.
Your two to three year old will get to mingle and engage with other children, playing, exploring, and learning new interaction skills. They will be able to take part in group activities, learn to take turns with toys, cooperate, and follow simple directions. Socializing with other children in this way is essential for every child’s development; it provides an experience that being around other adults simply cannot provide.
At times, behavioural problems may even arise at home if a child is getting bored without sufficient opportunities to interact with their peers. Even sending your child to nursery school for a half-day three times a week will prove beneficial to his or her social development.
An Excellent Intellectual Start
Multiple studies have shown that starting early at nursery school or preschool (2 to 3 years old) positively affects a child’s intellectual and social abilities at an older age. A UK study demonstrated that when children begin regular school at age six or seven, those that started at nursery before the age of two were significantly ahead of their peers in mathematics, writing, and reading. In addition, the longer time the child had spent in nursery or preschool, the further ahead they were.
The researchers of this particular study (which was compiled by the University of London) have concluded that there is no evidence to suggest that there will be any damaging effects on children sent to nursery school, as has been suggested by some parties. Further, there was also no difference in the positive effects nursery and preschool had on children who attended for full days or for half days.
At the same time, the researchers remind parents that sending your child to nursery school is not a substitute for good parenting! It is still important for parents to spend time reading with and playing with their children, to create a home environment that supports social and cognitive development. In fact, it seems to be the case that children who are taught nursery rhymes at home turn out to be the brightest kids.
Finally, the research demonstrated that the quality of the nursery school also makes a difference; it is important to select a school like the Oaktree Childcare Centre that has trained and qualified teachers, instead of centres with relatively inexperienced care staff.
Further Benefits of Nursery School
Hopefully the points we have covered here will grant you some peace of mind regarding the decision to send your child to a nursery or preschool. There are numerous other benefits that your child will reap from being in a nurturing, rewarding educational environment.
- An introduction to some of the basics. In nursery and preschool children will be exposed to numbers and the alphabet – through music, songs, and games. They might play with counting blocks, actively participate in story time, and finger-paint, among other things. Your children will get to explore simple concepts through touch, doing, asking questions, and exploration. All children have a natural propensity to learn; they just need to be offered the right tools and environment.
- They will get to learn about the world beyond them. The more a child explores, the more he or she will learn. Through socializing, they may learn that people are all very different. Through play, they get to learn basic concepts of matter and physics (no, the toy car cannot fly, and yes, it will sink if you drop it into water). By being outside they will learn more about nature – about plants, animals, and other living and inanimate things around them.
- The opportunity to create. At nursery and preschool children will have plenty of opportunities to put their imagination and creativity to good use. They will get to engage in fun arts-and-crafts projects – painting, drawing, making things, and taking them apart again! Plus, you will not be the one responsible for cleaning up after they create a big mess.
- Professional direction and guidance. While as a parent you are of course your child’s primary teacher, he or she will also gain a lot from being around other grownups – and not just any grownups, but adults who have been professionally trained to guide, educate, and care for your child.
The Oaktree Childcare Centre
Many will attest to the fact that children who have had good exposure to educational environments and socialization in their early years grow up to be genuinely more sociable and helpful. Finding a quality nursery school with professionally-trained staff will greatly aid and support your child’s personal growth and development.
At the Oaktree Childcare Centre all our caregivers and staff are trained and experienced individuals, with a passion for child care. We provide programs for infants, toddlers, nursery schoolers, and kindergarteners; all our services are structured to be age-appropriate, providing stimulating play and learning opportunities catered to each child’s development. We serve the communities of Richmond Hill, King City, Maple, Markham, Stouffville, New Market, and Aurora. Call us today if you would like more information about any of our specialized programs.
The Best nursery school Facility in Aurora, New Market, and Stouffville
The Oaktree Childcare Centre nursery school is devoted to your children. Our nursery school facilities in Aurora and New Market are among the top facilities for the cognitive development and growth of your child in the Greater Toronto Area. Our nursery school, at every stage of early growth, helps your children learn and explore at their own pace, and interact with other children, making friends and learning important lessons for their future.