It is often said that a well-began is half of the work done. Have you ever thought about what constitutes a good beginning? Today we will talk about the little birds that will rise to the top of the sky and become stars – our children’s future. Today’s key question is: When should a child begin schooling?
In the past, it was believed that children aged five to six years old were good enough to go to school. This belief was based on the idea that children’s brains develop as they grow and can care for themselves at home. They also learn to nurture, care for, and value their morals. The belief was that children are ready to start school when they turn six.
This paradigm has seen a significant shift in the past decade. This is largely due to research on children’s cognitive function, brain development, and neural growth. 95% of the brain’s development occurs between 0 and 5 years. All three of the parameters discussed above reach their peak stage by age three. Three more years and the brain of a child is almost adult-like.
If parents are willing to communicate with their children in language, even as infants, they will help them to learn vocabulary and words that can be used to convey a message.
A child’s brain will develop faster if exposed to a nurturing environment rich in experiences with other children, props, numbers, exercise, and movements.
They can develop emotionally, socially, and physically in such an environment. This gives rise to more sophisticated linguistic and cognitive abilities. The foundation for a solid education, work, and life begins at six. Keeping children in the same home without going to school until six may not be a good idea.
These core factors aside, social and cultural changes have influenced and justifiably shifted from late schooling earlier to an easier move (and now even to preschooling).
Today, the reality is that a family structure without ‘homeschooling’, double-earning homes, and pushing children’s learning to earlier stages of development is almost extinct. It’s no wonder that preschool centers have seen a boom in the past 20 years.
Industry trackers and economists have also contributed to the shift towards early education. These experts believe that a boost in education early on will lead to greater national growth. The rise of technology in all walks of life, the growth of a vibrant job market, and the need to get children started early have made it a popular theme.
Even if we were to ponder a return to the days of five- to six-year-olds being the best age to begin classroom learning, today’s parents don’t have the resources, time or equipment to teach their children the skills they need.
Differentiation and upskilling are essential in today’s job market. Education must be fast-tracked to meet the demands of the changing job landscape, economic growth, and tech development.
A supportive and safe environment must surround young people. The most important years of a person’s life are the early ones. They need a safe environment with language, art and opportunities for engagement and play.
If this is not possible at home, it would be a shame for children to be enrolled in school as soon as possible and offered an equitable and world-class system of early education development.