The first steps into the world of learning are some of the most important years of a child’s life. It is during this time that they develop the essential skills and abilities that will help them progress and succeed in later stages of their lives. Countless research studies have proven that the first five years of a child’s life will have a profound effect on their ability to learn and interact with the world. This post will look at the important areas of child development and how they can impact cognitive and social improvement.
Health and wellbeing
The habits and routines that a child is introduced to will heavily influence their wellbeing and set a precedent for the way they live their lives. The foundations for things like personal hygiene and self-care will be laid during the first five years of a person’s life which means it’s vital that children are introduced to structured and healthy routines. A toddler’s attitude towards healthy eating and exercise is also something that is adopted and can be affected by the examples set around them.
Communication and self-expression
Being able to communicate properly is a vital part of interacting with others and becoming involved in society. This concept not only refers to academic skills such as reading and writing but also the ability to understand emotions, engage with others and understand social protocols. Encouraging self-expression and nurturing a child’s natural curiosity will give them the confidence they need to make new friends and engage with new subjects during later stages of education.
When a child first starts their journey into the educational system, they are taught the essential skills needed to progress and engage with complex subject matter later in life. These basic building blocks of education help to develop a child’s ability to think logically and generate creative ideas. Supporting children with encouragement and access to essential materials as they learn to read, write and communicate with words, will ensure that they have the knowledge and confidence to progress.
Personality and interests
As a child begins to grow, they will start to develop their own personality along with a unique set of ideas and principles. The experiences and interactions they are exposed to during the early stages of their lives will help to shape those principles. Interests, hobbies and the general attitude of a person towards life are heavily based on the people, places and ideals that they are exposed to. This means it’s important that parents, teachers and carers set a good example from an early age.
© Eia Hawaii Fund, January 15, 2018.