Decades of studies have concluded one thing about early childhood education: Children who are enrolled in a preschool program are better prepared for elementary school than kids who are not.
And while an academically-focused preschool provides students with a strong foundation for intellectual growth, the benefits of early childhood education extend far beyond academics.
4 Ways Early Childhood Education Prepares Kids for School
Here are four benefits (beyond academics) of an early childhood education program to help prepare your child for elementary school:
1. Preschool provides an opportunity to learn in a structured environment. Preschool helps children learn in a structured environment before they’re exposed to it on a daily basis in Kindergarten. They learn to share and follow instructions. They learn to raise their hand when they want to ask a question, take turns, and share the teacher’s attention.
At The Gardner School, we’ve intentionally designed our programs to help children at every age begin to learn in a structured environment. From school uniforms to structured learning activities, we’re constantly looking for ways to implement the most effective strategies for creating the optimal learning environment for our students.
2. Preschool helps with social and emotional development. Kids need to be imaginative and socialize, because that’s what fosters creative and well-rounded people. Preschool provides children with the opportunity to learn how to interact and engage with others on a daily basis.
At The Gardner School, we’ve seen that providing a place for children to gain a sense of self, explore, play with their peers, and build confidence is one of the most valuable ways we can help prepare your child for Kindergarten and beyond.
3. Preschool enhances the ability to build trusting relationships with teachers. Every child deals with separation anxiety at some point along the way. Some children experience it worse than others. Preschool gives children (and parents) the opportunity to build trusting relationships with teachers before they reach a formal school environment. It also lays the foundation for the important partnership between parents and students when it comes to your child’s education.
At The Gardner School, we’ve made it a priority to create environments where children feel safe and comfortable with their teachers. We also proactively work to create a bond between teachers and parents through regular progress reports and the PreciouStatus App.
4. Preschool prepares children to learn how to take care of themselves and others. Once a child begins school, they’re expected to be able to take care of themselves to some extent. Children are expected to wash their hands before snack time, keep personal belongings in their “cubby,” and put away toys before moving to a new activity.
At The Gardner School, we try to provide as many opportunities for children to learn how to take care of themselves and others. From washing hands to saying (or signing) “please” and “thank you,” we believe there are dozens of teachable moments throughout the day for children to learn how to take care of themselves.
See the Benefits for Yourself
With schools across six states and in a variety of suburban and urban communities, The Gardner School’s environment and facilities are created to put children’s needs first. If you’re considering different preschool options, we’d love to share more specific ways our programs can help prepare your child for school. You can request more information or schedule a visit to The Gardner School nearest you today.