As nursery owners, we feel passionate about early years education and a child’s development. We recently read an article in ‘Emma’s Diary‘ all about the benefits of sending your child to a nursery or playgroup.
IF YOU’RE WONDERING WHY NURSERY MAY BE A GOOD CHOICE FOR YOUR CHILD, THEN TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BENEFITS ATTENDING ONE MAY BRING:
For some children attending nursery or play group may be the very first time they have spent a few hours apart from their parents. The added independence that comes from being away from their main carers can nurture a child’s self-confidence as they learn to complete basic tasks by themselves and discover more about life outside of their family unit.
Attending a nursery or playgroup will widen your child’s experience of the world. Taking part in different activities, spending time with different children and adults and visiting different places will help their confidence to grow and build a foundation which prepares them for life in the outside world.
Learning new skills
Starting nursery can be an exciting new adventure for young children and will nurture a wide range of new skills. From learning to hold a pencil correctly through to developing their emerging numeracy skills, your little one will soon be rapidly expanding their skill set once they start at nursery or pre-school.
Personal skills such as being responsible for washing their hands before they eat and putting on their own coat and hanging it up by themselves will all be developed at nursery.
Making new friends
Nursery is the perfect opportunity for your child to begin forging those first friendships. They will be surrounded with children of a similar age to themselves and will see the same faces each time they attend nursery.
Being around all these extra children is also perfect for creating new opportunities for play. Even when simply playing side by side with another nursery age child, children will be aware of each other and may start imitating each other to establish a connection. Of course, being surrounded by their peers is also perfect for taking part in group games and role play activities too.
Developing social skills
Crucial social skills such as taking turns, listening to other people, playing with other children and communicating their feelings and opinions are all skills that can be learnt at nursery.
Children will learn more about interacting with other adults and children, along with gaining a greater understanding of other people’s feelings and empathy. Playing with the other children at nursery or playgroup provides an ideal opportunity to put these emerging social skills into practice.
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