Importance of Early Childhood Development
From birth to age 5, a child’s brain develops more than at any other time in life. And early brain development has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult they will become. That is why it is utmost important to invest in very young children so as to maximize their future well-being.
The transition into school represents a major step in a child’s life. Children tend to transition well to school when:
1. They have early signs of cognitive ability and maturity, and social and self-regulatory skills.
2. They have had access to high quality preschool and early education programs.
3. Their school has a small student-staff ratio that contributes positively to children’s school readiness.
4. They have good relationships with teachers and peers.