One of the first things that children have to have while growing is education. They learn and experience different kinds of things everyday which is actually good and healthy. They learn from home, play, school, and the community. There are different ways in which children could learn and it actually changed over time. Many people are saying that education before is totally different form the education now which is actually true. A lot have changed. The methods of teaching and the learning styles have changed. Finding a school that can provide a holistic development for your child can prove as a challenge to many, however, My Little Campus Nursery School provide early childhood education that allows children to be life long learners.
Steven Bonnay will try to explain to us the differences of the early childhood education then and now.
Early Childhood Education: Then and Now
A History of Early Childhood Education
The roots of early childhood education go as far back as the early 1500s, where the concept of educating children was attributed to Martin Luther (1483-1546). Back then, very few people knew how to read and many were illiterate. Martin Luther believed that education should be universal and made it a point to emphasize that education strengthened the family as well as the community. Luther believed that children should be educated to read independently so that they could have access to the Bible. This meant that teaching children how to read at an early age would be a strong benefit to society.
Building on this idea, the next individual who contributed to the early beginnings of early childhood education was John Amos Comenius (1592- 1670), who strongly believed that learning for children is rooted in sensory exploration. Comenius wrote the first children’s picture book to promote literacy. Then there was John Locke (1632- 1704), who penned famous term of “blank slate”, also known as tabula rasa, which postulated that it is how children start out and the environment fills their metaphorical “slate”. Read more here.
Change is really inevitable. As for education, traditional approaches are now replaced with modern or blended approaches which better suit the current generation. Mitchell Perreira will tell us more about the changes that happened to education over time especially in Singapore.
Early Childhood Education In Singapore Today: What Happened To Nap Time & Finger Painting?
I remember when I thought of preschool as just another childcare centre.
I hate starting any conversation with the words “back in the day”; it implies that I’m old. However, back in the day, preschools were a very different thing from what they are today. For a start, technology wasn’t as advanced.
These days, the education system in Singapore heavily incorporates technology into its curriculum. It’s impossible to ignore the fact that smart gadgets are a basic in today’s society. Kids aren’t spared that, and even my five-year-old niece operates an iPad like a champion.
Technology is however, just but one pillar that encompasses the foundation for children before they ship off to primary school.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his recent 2017 National Day Rally, spoke about the importance of Early Childhood education and how it’s a cornerstone of modern society. Primary schools can no longer be the first phase of education for young Singaporeans. Read more here.
Technology has really contributed a lot to the changes in the methods of learning and teaching. It is undeniable that technology had a great impact to the educational system. Teachers now are also more engaged to their students to their students. They are like babysitters which is not the case before.
With all the changes that occurred over time, it is really proven that letting your child attend nursery school could really help a lot with their future. Mind Champs will tell us how attending a nursery school in Singapore prepares kids for school & life
How Attending a Nursery School in Singapore Prepares Kids for School & Life
In Singapore, nursery is also referred to as childcare services or preschool education, where children are enrolled in full-day, half-day or flexi-care programmes.
Presently, there are over 1,360 child care centres which take in children from 18 months to six years old. Children attending nursery school in Singapore are typically three years old, and nursery programmes usually start from Nursery 1, Nursery 2 before progressing to Kindergarten.
Parents can choose to home-school their children, or send them to nursery where experienced educators and a curriculum are in place to develop children in a multitude of ways. Enrolment for nursery in Singapore sits at over 102,000 now, with an increasing number of families exposing their children to early childhood education over the last few years. Why exactly are parents sending their children to nursery? Read more here.
Having your child attend a nursery school will surely give benefits that could be useful for his/her future schooling. They will be able to understand structure and routines, they will have the opportunity to observe and interact with peers and adults in a social setting, they would be able to learn through play to develop holistically, and many others. These alone could help them build a good character. Learning is heightened while children are still young that is why parents should send their children to nursery schools. There might be changes over time but they are normal and these changes are made to suit the current generation’s styles.