Early Learning Centres in Richmond

A thriving and progressive society is needed to establish the groundwork for a prosperous and sustainable future. Such a society can only be built upon a foundation of healthy child development.

A thriving and progressive society is needed to establish the groundwork for a prosperous and sustainable future. Such a society can only be built upon a foundation of healthy child development. Therefore, here at the Bridge Road and Monash Vale early learning centres in Richmond, we believe it is imperative that society not only work diligently to expand access to early childhood education but that it also makes a concerted effort to improve its quality across the board.

What are the important aspects of Early Childhood Education?
The first and most important aspect of early childhood education and development is the quality of interactions between adults and children. It has been proven by a wide gamut of studies that children are better able to learn when adults in the classroom provide high-quality interactions. Additionally, it is essential that children are exposed to and encouraged to participate in various pedagogical activities appropriate to their individual levels of development. These two elements are associated with higher levels of language and emergent literacy, precise logical and mathematical skills, as well as improved social and behavioural development.

Second, but no less critical to ensuring quality in early childhood education programs, is the ratio of adult instructors per child. Smaller-sized groups with a higher proportion of adult instructors per child have been associated with better quality teacher-child interactions across a variety of different contexts. Children can learn with greater ease when the adults in charge of their education can provide more extensive attention to each individual child. Of significant note is the fact that this phenomenon has been observed to be even more pronounced among younger children.

Third, a crucial factor to consider is that of ongoing teacher training. Many programs aimed at preparing teachers for early education positions tend to favour extensive initial preparation yet fail to understand the importance of subsequent teacher training. Here at Bridge Road and Monash Vale early learning centres in Richmond, we pride ourselves in the fact that our staff is required to keep up with the latest in pedagogical theory, thus ensuring our students receive the best in language and mathematics as well as behavioural guidance.

Finally, the thorough implementation of monitoring systems and methods for quality assessment within the adult staff has been proven to improve adult-child interactions and educational development significantly. In general, these systems can help those in charge of organizing early education programs make more informed decisions and thus maximize the children’s learning opportunities.

All evidence suggests that the impact of the quality of early childhood education on children’s development cannot be overstated. Among child care and educational development service providers, those who are primarily concerned with stimulating the learning process, as well as the children’s behavioural development, have a positive, significant, and lasting impact on the development of a well-adjusted adult population. The effect of the quality of early childhood education on children is so powerful that it marks a clear distinction between those children who were exposed to it and those who were not.

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