Building a confident future
Deciding to send a child to nursery can be a difficult choice for parents, particularly if childcare is not an issue. But at Cranmore School they're all for it, and here's why...
There are many reasons why parents send their children to nursery school. Usually these are practical, such as fitting childcare around work. Traditionally paying for childcare has been viewed as a negative choice for parents to have to make. But now the educational benefits of sending your child to nursery when they are old enough are widely accepted.
Attending a nursery school can help with social, emotional and academic development, as well as helping parents to keep up with their lives outside of parenthood. Often children who go to nursery go on to be some of the most bright, confident and sociable individuals at primary school.
Here are four reasons why taking your child to nursery can give them the best possible start in life.
Nursery can be enjoyable for naturally sociable children, especially those who do not have siblings to play with and learn from. However, making friends at nursery is important for all children. Forming relationships with peers teaches children what they like and do not like to do, and what they like and do not like to hear or be done to them! Forming relationships is a skill that we need in every line of employment and at every stage in life, so the sooner we begin to practice the better! And what better place to learn than alongside children of a similar age under supervision of qualified professionals.
2. Play and learn
Play contributes to the cognitive, physical social and emotional well-being of children. As such it plays an essential part in education for the early years. As soon as children enter nursery, they are no longer the sole focus of their parent or guardian. This means that they learn to share, wait their turn and listen to others.
At nursery your child will have a chance to play and learn in a group, as well as on a one-to-one basis with a member of staff. They will learn from other children through watching their approach to tasks, plus they will gain confidence and develop their social skills through playing with other children. And the range of messy play activities at nursery are usually greater than can be provided at home; these include water, sand, paint, glue, foam and occasionally gardening.
Nursery prepares your child for school. Skills like sitting cross legged, putting your hands up when you need your teacher’s attention, listening to a register, eating school meals, finding a tissue when you need one, asking to go to the toilet when you need to are all qualities we forget that we once had to learn to do for ourselves. They are also requirements that can make the first few days in ‘big school’ even more strange and different. If your child has already grown used to these practices at nursery, they will feel more confident on their first day at school.
Day nurseries are a great option if you want your child’s education and care to have structure. Nursery staff are qualified staff who are trained to create safe, happy and stimulating environments where children can play and develop. Nursery staff will also be monitoring your child’s progress as part of their job. Having a professional and ‘outsider’s’ view is very useful when it comes to most things in life, not least of all parenting. Whilst it is certainly true that ultimately parents know what is best for them and their children, being a parent can be a daunting responsibility and one that most parents want to get absolutely spot on, giving their children the best possible start in life.
Sending your child to a nursery that is attached to the school they will attend adds further consistency and security to their educational surroundings and career. The transition from nursery to school will be easier when they are surrounded by familiar faces and facilities. Plus, they will experience their first taste of development and ‘moving up’ in the world as a positive feeling, rather than a daunting one. The journey through school can be more enjoyable for parent and child too as a result of the relationships built with school staff.
Cranmore School has an open day on Tues 13 Nov. Register here.
Words: Alice Logan