A good foundation for children in education is extremely beneficial during their development. Early childhood education enables the child to discover his or her talents and get prepared to interact with the surrounding environment. This education is provided to babies and toddlers by their parents, guardians, and other trained personnel like teachers. The education can be provided at home or in a well-set environment where learning can take place effectively like in school. Education provided to children as they develop is extremely essential as it boosts the child’s thinking. This shows that childhood education is essential and should be provided to all children in order for them to have a good base in their sequential learning processes.
Early childhood education promotes the cognitive development of a child. Children are fond of playing with things they come along with for example water, earth organisms and even can help their mothers as they cook. This is particularly valuable and the parent should always allow them to do it because it exposes them to the scientific world that promotes discovery. Development of thought is also critical during development as explained by Piaget’ theory, which promotes learning in a child and should therefore, be promoted (Nutbrown et al 2008).
Play is an extraordinarily vital tool for the development of a child as it promotes the child’s development and learning. The psychology theories provide evidence on the importance of play to the learning of a child. Play should therefore, be designed by the teachers and parents so that it promotes learning. The environment where play is to take place should be appropriate such that it provides enough space for playing. A well-designed play should enhance cognitive development, psychomotor domains, learning, and positive social and emotional characters of the child. An example is the positive effect of play and talk for children between the ages of 4-5 years during learning of numerical and literature (Krogh & Slentz, 2010).
Early childhood education help improve children’s health through the knowledge they get during learning. It is a problem to both the parent and teacher when the child does not take a balanced diet. Study has shown that many children do not like eating fruits and vegetables, which are highly essential for their robust health. The use of stories when teaching these children can therefore, help expose critical issues concerning their health and the food they eat. The use of stories by the parents and teachers helps motivate the children to eat certain foods they do not like. Such stories should be entertaining and educative to the children to help improve their diet. In order to improve the quality of a story, pictures of plants and even the real fruits can be provided by the teacher for the children to observe. In addition to that, the stories should be comprehensible, relevant, concise, and the teacher should observe the children’s reaction at the end of the story to improve learning.
As shown above, childhood education is particularly beneficial during the development of a child. It may be a problem for some parents to do so because the expanses involved that they may not afford but a way forward can always be found. This problem can rise due to the location of the home of the family, which can be affected by transport problems. The financial status of the family can also affect the children in acquiring this basic education hence influence their development. In most cases, the staff of such preschools has always identified children from such backgrounds and helped support them obtain the education through donations (Krogh & Slentz, 2010).
It is therefore, conclusive to say that childhood education is extremely valuable and should be provided for every child by those concerned. This education promotes the learning process of a child as it gets to interact with the external environment. It helps promote the cognitive development of a child, language, positive social and emotional characters and effective learning of the child. In order for that to be, successful, appropriate learning facilities should be provided for the learning process (Nutbrown et al 2008).
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