Investing in Childhood Education

Investing in Childhood Education

As parents, we might have burning questions like “What does early childhood education mean?” and “Will my child be left out if I don’t sign him up for courses?”
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Early education does provide the foundation necessary for later stages of the learning process. The significance of early childhood education cannot be overlooked. The formative years in our children are the most important years in child-development and there are so many different products available for a pretty penny designed to help your child get an edge over his peers. The good news is: Not every early childhood programme has to come with a huge price tag.
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During my formative years, I grew up in an urban kampong setting where I mingled with children from various background and ages. The playground was my classroom: It was where I received my early childhood education. Children these days don’t get the type of opportunity that children of the 70s/80s had. To learn the art of negotiation or to speak eloquently, one has to attend courses. The importance of an early childhood education, to me, is for my child to take part effectively in a more organized educational environment, getting along with friends, develop a sense of self and an appreciation of group thinking. It also works on developing the underlying motivators for positive self-development such as empathy, compassion, respect, trustworthiness and so forth.
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Early childhood education of high quality has ever lasting effects on learning and motivation in later part of a kid’s life.
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The initial years of a child, before he attends kindergarten, is a critical stage in their life. This is because those early years influence learning. Since I took a hiatus from active teaching in June this year, I’ve been spending my time interviewing successful people and trying to distill and deconstruct what made them who they are. Most of them have children of their own and I was interested in finding out what are their views on education. This was the result of my research, combined and summarized for accessible reading:
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Investing does not only mean investing our money in an early childhood education but also the time and energy to bond with our kids while doing an early childhood education program. Providing encouragement for our children, loving them, giving them support, comfort to develop, identify, nourish and unlocking the various talents that they have at the early age is vital.
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If you plant a seed in the soil and water the seedling, the tree you get is with a firm base which can be sustained. During the early stages, human potential also need to be developed and nourished. If you want to build a better future for your children, then you must develop the skills they need to sustain the future.
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Let them become what they want to be rather than what you want them to become with the proper guidance. Continuous growth is seen in children by sustaining and providing an environment or conditions to learn new things.
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In my next article, I talk about how, in our haste to give our children the best possible education, we don’t in fact, impede their development. You’ve heard of how some children suffer under the hands of Tiger Mums? If you’re determined not to be that sort of parent, then the next article is for you.
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Written by Eugene Tay, founder of Brain & Butter and Monsters Under the Bed.

When Eugene was a young boy, he wanted to be an astronaut. When that didn't take off, he decided that he was going to be like Indiana Jones and explore the world as an archaeologist. Eventually, he figured out how he can do both. That's when he became a writer.

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