In recent years, a spotlight has been shone on the pressures of parenthood. The demands on parents to do a multitude of things to ensure your child is raised correctly can be a daunting task. Having an environment that ticks a multitude of boxes when it comes to your child’s well-being is a sought-after goal.
Early childhood development classes are one of those environments. Not only ticking those multiple boxes but allowing you as a parent to treasure in the moments too. But are they necessary? Do young children really benefit from these classes in any lasting way? Science answers with a resounding YES.
On the surface, we may not see the kind of learning that babies and toddlers are experiencing, however the amount of studies that prove what’s going on underneath is astounding. From the time your child is born, their rapidly developing minds are not only competent and insightful, but their ability to learn from their environments is what shapes their skills as toddlers – and shapes toddlers into high-functioning children. The areas that they are learning from at these early ages are social and emotional development, language and communication, movement and physical development and cognitive thinking.
The years from birth to age 5 are viewed as a critical period for developing the foundations for thinking, behaving, and emotional well-being. Child development experts indicate it is during these years that children develop linguistic, cognitive, social, emotional, and regulatory skills that predict their later functioning in many domains (Trawick-Smith, Early childhood development 6th ed. Woolfolk & Perry, Child and adolescent development).
An early childhood development class such as Toptots, delves right into these important areas from the newborn stage. Ensuring that your baby is receiving the right amount of input to help develop their mind and body. Social and emotional queues are introduced in the group setting. The recognition of language and different people communicating in different ways are explored. Their physical development is enhanced through play and movement, and their cognitive ability is assisted with games and activities that help them learn, think and problem-solve. Have a look at what goes into a Toptots class to ensure that your child is getting the most out of your sessions.
Perhaps, most importantly, these developments happen with you as a parent around to take part in. It is a magical bonding moment to be a part of your child’s first learning experience and helps equip you with the tools to help your child develop at home as well.
If you want to share in your child’s head start, click here to find a Toptots class near you.
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