Children going to nursery sometimes is hard because sometimes parents doubt the kind of care their children will get especially at such a tender age, what kind of people will be taking care of them and yet sometimes its not a choice but something some parents have to do due to career demands or financial constraints of keeping a fulltime nanny at home. For those parents who are still finding it hard to find the importance of a nursery for their little ones, we have compiled three instances below where research has found out that nursery going children have an edge over those that don’t go.
1. Nursery helps youngsters develop social and everyday skills while staying at home can lead to poorer speech and movement.
Young children are better off going to nursery than staying at home with a parent, a study, by researchers at the London School of Economics and Oxford University, found out. Children aged between two and three tended to be more stimulated at nursery due to the interaction with new children and adults, which helped their development.
“Can your child cut pieces of paper with scissors?” or “Can your child speak in two-word sentences?” were some of the questions around 800 german mothers had to answer in order to assess how well children were developing.
The researchers concluded that singing children’s songs and painting and doing arts and crafts were found to have a positive impact on dexterity, which researchers linked to the actions associated with songs and the hand skills needed for arts and crafts.
Reading or telling stories, singing children’s songs and visiting other families were unsurprisingly also both found to have a positive impact on talking capabilities.
The researchers also examined the effect of certain activities on young children. Reading and shopping were found to make them happiest while reading or telling stories and singing children’s songs were found to have a positive impact on talking capabilities.
Singing children’s songs and painting and doing arts and crafts – all activities common in nursery school – were found to have a positive impact on the development of movement skills, which researchers linked to the actions associated with songs and the hand skills needed for arts and crafts.
2. Children who attend nursery are better behaved than those who stay at home with parents.
Young children being looked after by their parents or grandmothers were found to be less well behaved than the nursery going children.
It was found out that children who go to nursery staffed with professionals will have better social skills, easy relationships with peers, and less behavioural issues – particularly if attendance lasts a year or more.
The findings, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, come from a French study of 1,428 children which was carried out through a questionnaire process which included 25 items focusing on behavioural and emotional problems, including difficulties making friends, hyperactivity or inattention, conduct, and social skills.
Researchers tracked children’s emotional development from birth up to the age of eight, using responses to a questionnaire, completed by parents when the children were three, five-and-a-half, and eight-years-old and the analysis of the data showed that compared with children who had been looked after by family or friends, those who received formal care were less likely to have emotional and behavioural problems, and more likely to have better social skills.
3. Children Who Go To Nursery Develop Fewer Behavioural Issues
Mental stimuli + praise + rules = better adjusted kids.
According to Neuroscience, the early years, particularly birth to eight years, are critical for optimal learning and development and Preschool attendance has shown consistent positive short and long-term effects across the world including in the US, Europe, Canada and New Zealand.
Play-based preschool programs delivered by qualified early childhood educators improve children’s learning and developmental outcomes and are particularly important for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Another report showed two years of preschool has more impact than one, especially for children who are developmentally vulnerable (such as those from a low socio-economic background
It also makes economic sense
Economists also back getting three-year-olds into preschool, as it’s a great opportunity for investment in human capital and the future workforce. It’s much more cost effective and beneficial to invest in early education than later remedial interventions targeted at poor literacy, school drop-outs and adults with limited basic skills. In early childhood, we set the foundation for learning dispositions and life skills.
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