Every Parent Needs To Know These Outstanding Benefits Of Kindergarten For Children Aged 3-4

Every Parent Needs To Know These Outstanding Benefits Of Kindergarten For Children Aged 3-4

Children between the ages of 3 and 4 have access to two years of quality kindergarten. Neuroscience shows that early brain development is critical in shaping the learning development, health and well-being of children, and impacts on their future life opportunities. The first years of life see children’s brains undergo tremendous growth. For this reason, kindergarten is highly recommended at this age, as it helps to nurture a child’s natural curiosity. Kindergarten will present your child with an exciting world of adventure, exploration and learning through play and sensory activities. In this article, we highlight the essential benefits of kindergarten for children in the 3-4 year age bracket.

What are the Learning Components of a 3-year-old kinder?

When a child receives the right support at the right time, this lays a strong foundation for healthy development. Around the time a child turns three, there is a key opportunity to optimise their learning and development, and in particular, their social and emotional wellbeing. The development of language skills helps children to develop strong social skills. A child’s experiences during these years make a significant difference to their future learning and life outcomes.  Through learning through play experiences, fun games and experiences and communication and language skills are enhanced with song and rhyme. In a vibrant indoor and outdoor setting, your child will develop skills that help them to manage their emotions and behaviour, build resilience and persistence, form positive relationships and focus their attention. So it is evident from this that while kindergarten is most definitely about play and a fun, bright environment, its benefits for future learning are far-reaching in all aspects.

What are the Social Benefits of Kinder for 3-year-old kids?

Many parents strive for their children to develop friendships and to build relationships with other children, teachers work collaboratively to ensure all children develop respectful relationships and responsive engagement. Parents send their children to kindergarten because the child is or might be shy and may experience separation anxiety. By providing high-quality kindergarten early socialisation process is developed by the time the child has to enter a formal school environment. Kindergarten is ideal for developing social skills in the early years because it can be done in a safe, nurturing environment with exposure to other people for a few hours each day before returning to the familiarity of home. In a really inviting kindergarten setting and with the support of a caring teacher, children aged 3-4 can slowly begin to interact with other children their age, practice expressing themselves, and even learn to listen to others, learn about healthy conflict resolution, and develop a sense of empathy.

Learning Outcomes Prior to School

If your child has just turned 3 or 4, Kindergarten helps to prepare your child for school by developing their self-confidence and independence. Starting big school can feel like being thrown into the deep end for young children, as they are suddenly expected to follow school rules, find their own books and stationery, unpack their lunch, and take care of themselves for the entire school day. The kindergarten years are a gentle introduction to this independence from mum and dad. Kids will also learn other functional skills like listening to instructions, being disciplined and basic arithmetic, phonetics and reading skills that will allow a smooth crossover into the schooling years.

School Transition

A child that has been to kindergarten from the ages of 3-4 will automatically transition well into the formal schooling environment compared to a child that has had no introduction or preparation for preschool or school. In kindergarten, the building blocks of mathematics and literacy are put in place to facilitate further development in the later years. In addition, language is developed from reading, conversations and through music, problem-solving abilities learnt from puzzles, and other skills acquired at kindergarten all make the transition to school less intimidating. This way, a child does not feel like the expectations at school are completely foreign, and he or she can transition confidently and excel in a bright future of learning ahead!

The Bridge To Happier, Healthier Learning

Bridge Road Early Learning Centre offers a state-of-the-art Victorian government-approved kindergarten program with qualified early childhood teachers and support educators who develop the child’s fullest potential in their early years. Our approach to learning is child-centred and intentional, focusing on each individual’s interests and different learning styles to aid healthy development toward school readiness. Contact us here or call 03-9429 2944 for more information or to enrol your child at an Early Learning Centre.

 

 

 

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