1. Nursery includes The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS sets standards for the learning, development, and care of your child from birth to five years old. Every registered nursery, and pre-school are obliged to follow the program. It is, of course, designed in a playful way, and kids learn mostly through games. It is extremely important for kids at this early stage, as EYFS covers such topics as:
* Physical development;
* Communication and language;
* Personal, social and emotional development;
* Understanding the world, and much more.
A study carried out by the University of London showed that children who had spent three years or more in nursery education could advance their academic attainment by up to a year over those whose parents kept them at home until the age of five.
2. Children get their independence and freedom at nursery
There is a very important stage for every child when they starts to realize that them and their mum are not one whole, but they are a little human within their own right.
In nursery, children get to explore by themselves being involved in a variety of activities, trying out things their own way, ask for more opinions and learn how different people perform one task. They understand more what they want and learn to express themselves much quicker. Not only that, but they also gain confidence and develops their social skills.
3. Nursery helps your child to get social
Nothing is more important in our life than socializing. Being able to communicate well is the key to success in anything we do, it is one of the most essential skills for a child to learn from as early as they can. Nursery is one of the most important tools for providing your child with constant communication among their peers and with nursery practitioners. This is exactly where they learn how to talk to their little friends and handle different situations, such as sharing toys, defending their position, helping each other and playing together. Childcare routine and toddler daily schedule play their role too. This is also where they realize the important life skill that they sometimes has to wait for things and take turns.
4. Nursery builds a regular schedule
Nurseries follow a predictable routine, this includes meal times, naps, indoor and outdoor activities. There is a good reason for this. Children tend to feel most comfortable and in control when the same things happen at the same time each day.
It helps standardize their days and prepares for school, helping them to transition well and confidently
5. Nursery allows your child to learn taking care of themselves and to get potty-trained
Nurseries should actively support potty training as soon as you are ready to start this phase with your child. Besides this, they will teach your child some basic needs, such as washing hands after painting, eating and walking; sleeping without a parent, finding a tissue for the nose and tidying up toys etc
6. Nursery encourages your child to work on projects on their own
Your child will be involved in lots of arts and crafts that require concentration and the ability to focus on an individual task. Nursery is vital in developing this life skill in the children that will set them up for life.
7. Nursery helps your child to build the physical stamina
Nurseries tend to keep their kids busy, other than when it is quiet or sleep time, it is great preparation for school. During the day your child has offered to them, multiple opportunities to learn and achieve, participating in a variety of projects and activities,
An active toddler is likely to remain active later, so it is important to encourage activities both indoors and outdoors. You want your children to love the great outdoors, not the TV, one thing you don’t see at a nursery is a television. At home, it is very easy to turn on the TV to give yourself some time off. Play is vitally important as your children will develop muscle control, balance, and coordination.
8. Nursery helps to build your child’s immunity
It is true to say that kids get sick more often at the nursery rather than at home. There is a reason for that – kids interact! But it isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as your child builds his immune system along the way. He gets through a variety of “flues and colds” but seems healthier in his school age.
9. Nursery is good preparation for school
Children benefit immensely from mixing with other children and will, therefore, be more prepared and better equipped when it comes to starting school.
They will also adapt easily to a learning environment, have greater social skills and they will feel more secure in a different environment. A nursery will also help your child develop confidence in relating to adults.
10. Nursery is a great benefit for parents
And finally, nursery will benefit you as a parent, as well as benefitting your relationship with your child. Let’s face it: it is tremendous work to raise a child. And while they are our everything, we should have our own space and a bit of ourselves.
We hear from parents all the time how they noticed a huge difference in themselves and their child after starting nursery. They were more relaxed and found that they spent more quality time as a family than they did before nursery was part of their life.
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