Here are some ways that a high quality child care program can improve your child’s emotional development.
Socialization – You can teach him is ABCs and his 123s, but how is he going to grow socially and emotionally if he’s not exposed to other children his age? At school, he’ll be able to connect and interact with other children and adults which will help him significantly when it’s time to go to kindergarten. While school is primarily a learning institution, it’s also largely a social one. If your child is not used to being around other children or adults because he spends most of his time with his parents, participation in an early learning program is the perfect way to expose him to new people. It’ll make going off to grade school much easier when the time comes.
A Place in Society – Did you know that integrating your child in an early learning program might help him to later discover his role in society? Sure, he knows his role at home, but does he know what is expected of him outside of the family unit? His experience in school will help him to figure that out. Of course “finding his place in society” will take more than just attending school, however, attending is sure to help him to recognize that he is an integral part of a group outside of the home.
Connecting – This is especially important if your child is an only child. Connecting with other children is incredibly important for the emotional development of young children. Those who don’t connect are more prone to develop separation anxiety. By giving your child the opportunity to participate in an early learning program, you are providing him with opportunities to connect with others at a young age, and doing so will make the transition into kindergarten a lot easier.
There are many reasons why participating in a high quality early learning program is beneficial to children. Enhancing their emotional wellbeing is just one of them. If your child is an only child who is rarely out of your sight, enrolling him in an early learning program could provide him with the tools he needs to succeed in grade school and beyond.