Early Childhood Development


Why Preschool Teacher-Child Relationships Are Important

Early Childhood Development | December 10, 2018

Everyone knows the first few years of a child’s life are a critical period for cognitive development, school preparation and success, language development and learning motivation. It’s an equally important time for developing children’s social and emotional competence.

During this period, teachers are the second most influential force in the development of children, after their parents. Research has shown that the quality of teacher-child relationship…

  • Impacts a child’s social skills with their peers
  • Decreases anxiety and depression as children continue their advanced education
  • Builds literary skills and mathematical performance in order to be adequately prepared for school

In each study conducted, there’s a consensus that the quality of preschool education is directly dependent on the quality of teacher-child relationships.

Cultivating a Positive Student/Teacher Relationship at Every Age

This is something we hold with utmost care and importance at The Gardner School. Here are a few ways our teachers go above and beyond to create positive relationships with students in every environment:

  • Infants & Toddlers—Personal interaction and attention are incredibly important for infants and toddlers. Our teachers’ warm affection and nurturing interactions help babies to grow a sense of trust and confidence in the world, discover new skills, and encourage independence. As babies grow into toddlers, our teachers consistently interact with our young students in a nurturing and reassuring way to build a loving, trusting, and supportive environment.
  • Two-Year Olds—As a two-year-old, your child is achieving so many physical, cognitive, and social milestones in such a short period of time. While kids are often becoming more autonomous during this age, our teachers continue to focus on delivering nurturing, consistent, and loving interactions with our two-year-olds. This includes everything from enrichment classes to potty training.
  • Threes & Fours—For three and four-year-olds, the educational focus shifts toward building cognitive performance through child-initiated, cooperative play. Through a more structured curriculum and a consistent daily schedule, our three and four-year-olds gain a sense of self-reliance and independence. This age group is introduced to school uniforms, take on leadership roles in the classroom, and they leave the classroom for optional enrichment class opportunities and for meals in the Kids’ Cafe.
  • Pre-K—Our pre-K program is designed to ensure your child is ready to enter a structured Kindergarten environment. This includes being able to build trusting relationships with teachers. One of the ways our teachers help prepare our students for Kindergarten is by intentionally developing their listening and social skills. We want all our pre-K students to effectively communicate with peers and have the ability to play make-believe with others.

The importance of relationships at an early age is significant to learning, healthy habits, and behavior. At The Gardner School, our teachers make it their mission to stimulate your child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth.

Want to learn more about how The Gardner School works to give students a strong educational foundation for a bright future? You can request more information or schedule a visit to The Gardner School nearest you today.