Preparing for your child’s first day of school can be a daunting prospect, but luckily there are a number of ways that going to nursery can make the process easier. Nursery can play a key role in developing your child academically, socially and physically. In fact, according to the Department of Education, research shows that children who attend nursery before starting school have better language attainment, a better grasp of early number concepts and better social skills. In this post we cover some of the main ways that attending nursery can help your child prepare to start “big school”.
Social and communication skills
For a lot of kids, nursery will be their first experience of continual interaction with people that aren’t their family or friends. These interactions with other children and adults are important for positive social development. Playtime, for example, is a great time for your child to learn how to interact with others, as well as develop their vocabulary.
Literacy and numeracy skills
At nursery, children will begin to learn early literacy skills, from phonics to reading and writing. Supplying them with a variety of materials, including books and rhymes, can instil an interest in reading and assist with the teaching of language and grammar rules. For more information on how reading can benefit your child’s development, we have a post on our blog.
Confidence and independence
Nursery will also be the first time a lot of children spend time away from their parents. Although this can be a difficult adjustment, getting them used to this experience from a young age will prove valuable in building confidence when it’s time for school to start. By spending time with new people and completing tasks by themselves at nursery, your child will develop a sense of good self-esteem and independence.
Curiosity and desire to learn
At Little Acorns, an average day might see your child taking part in any number of activities and classes, from construction to learning about different cultures. This can work to foster curiosity about the world around them and a desire to learn about different things. This will be an important value when they eventually enter the classroom.
Having a varied schedule of activities, classes and playtime everyday can help kids adjust to the structure of a typical school day. On top of that, it will certainly help them to develop a better attention span as well as an interest in proactive learning.
Prepare for school with Little Acorns
Here at Little Acorns Day Nursery, we want to take every measure to ensure that your children are ready for the next phase of their academic lives. Our preschool is available for children from the age of 2 years and 9 months, all the way up to 5 years old. With two locations in the Hampshire area – Eastleigh and Hedge End – we’re committed to providing a play school experience that encourages your child to learn and grow in a supported environment. Click here for more information about our preschool, or feel free to contact us.