We understand the importance of at-home care givers but do they help a child in developing a very important skill required in every aspect of daily life? Do private play dates in parks achieve this skill? The answer is NO.
Social development is tied to many other parts of your baby’s overall development, which is why it’s important to start socialization with other children at a young age in a structured environment. Social interaction helps young children to start to develop their sense of self and start to learn what others expect from them. Sending your child to a preschool can give them the social interaction that they need with children of their age and help them reach other developmental milestones.
By playing with other children, they learn skills that stick with them their whole life. Young children are egocentric by nature. Putting them in preschool helps your child naturally come out of that phase. Sharing, setting boundaries, and problem solving all come from socializing and interacting. Children learn to have empathy for other people; recognize when their friends are sad or mad or even happy! Kids eventually will start to use these skills at home with their parents, siblings, or even pets.
Your child’s preschool will also help them to learn discipline and consequences for their behavior. As they develop and pick-up social cues, they learn what behaviors or reactions are appropriate and which ones aren’t. Going to preschool gives them consistency needed for their social development. As your little ones grow, so will their maturity.
Let’s take a closer look at why socialization is so important from a very young age:
1. They Learn What It’s like to Be Part of a Team
Very few people work by themselves as an adult. Whether you’re a corporate employee or an entrepreneur, you’ll be expected to work with others. The sooner a child masters socialization, the sooner they’ll learn how to be a part of a team. They’ll take turns when speaking, learn how to share and show respect. They’ll learn what it takes to be a good friend and begin to identify boundaries.
2. They’ll Learn How to Solve Problems as a Team
Good educational institutions begin working on children’s reasoning and problem-solving skills at a very young age. Children learn to work together to solve problems by developing strategies and trial-and-error.
3. It Promotes the Development of Language Skills
The exposure to a range of words leaves an imprint on a child’s mind which helps build their vocabulary and gives them a solid foundation to further develop their language skill. The more your child communicates with others, the better their verbal skills get. Children that lack verbal skills tend to get frustrated and begin isolating themselves.
How UJP can help?
UJP has developed a curriculum that play to children’s strengths. We maintain a small class size for individual attention and encourage socialization by engaging children with interactive play and other techniques. Our 2hrs & 3hrs program is great for children just starting drop-off and we follow gentle separation technique.
Learn about our daily schedule and curriculum by scheduling an in-person tour with our Director Mrs. Pooja Gupta (former Mental Health Counselor, NYU).
We also have a short virtual tour of the facility on our website if you would like to view it at your own time!