"Early Childhood Education"
“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world.” – Maria Montessori
The Early years of a child’s learning make significant difference to the way the develop and go on to learn throughout their lives.
Early Childhood Education foster holistic development and learning of young children from birth to eight years of age. Recent research in neuro science, particularly on the brain, has provided convincing evidence of the critical periods located within these early years for the forming of synaptic connections in the brain and for the full development of brain’s potential. The growth of mental abilities is at an astounding rate and high proportion of learning takes place during this period.
Thus, the education of a small child therefore does not aim at preparing him for the school, but for life.
Education includes stimulation socialization, guidance, participation and learning and development activities. It creates a strong foundation for child’s subsequent lifelong learning and wellbeing.
Early Childhood Education is fundamentally termed as “Learning through play”. These years should focus on facilitating children to learn more about the world around them through play and establish the links with their immediate context. Play can be multi-facet and often helps educating different skills in children and develop values and ethics. Children attain all round development in terms of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, moral, language and creative development.
In early years, child learns habits and form patterns that do not change easily in later years.
If parents and educators can develop productive early education patterns for the children around them, these children will be on their way to achieving great educational success. On the other hand, it is the equal responsibility of the parents and teachers to ensure that the children derive appropriate early childhood education that can further help them to develop their personalities.
Thus, essence of independence is not be able to do something for one’s self. Adults work to finish a task but the child works in order to grow and is working to create the adult, the person that is to be. Such experiences are not just play …. In short, he must work in order to grow up.