Escolarizados at 3 years
For many parents, take the step of taking their children to a children's school It is very difficult, above all, for those parents who, due to labor issues, should opt for this option, having it as their only option, when the children are still very babies.
Undoubtedly, one of the biggest fears in taking this step comes from questioning whether our children, being so small, will be well or prepared to live in a classroom with other babies and stay in the hands of people they do not know. And we forget, in practically all cases, that those who place difficulties where there are no difficulties are adults and that, almost 100%, it is we who are less prepared than them.
The first thing that must be taken into account is that, in a nursery school, the people who will take care of our children are highly trained and specialized people who will only benefit from their development. On the other hand, the classes are formed in small groups where each baby has the care and attention more than insured.
If we stop to analyze statistical data, it is very curious to think that, although in our country child education is voluntary until the age of six, we have a 94.9% net enrollment rate at 3 years, being behind countries like France (99.5%), Belgium (97.8%) or Denmark (97.0%), which places Spain among the countries with the highest participation of students in this stage, according to a report of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.
7 benefits that children's schooling brings
Now, are all parents really aware of the benefits that the infant school has in the personal and academic life of their children or do they do it for "obligation"? It is important to clarify some of the points that will help to understand those parents who still doubt it, what are the benefits that a kindergarten will mean in the lives of children, even when they are only a few months old:
1. The first years of life are the most important for the psychological and social development of children and in nursery schools, students are in the hands of professionals who teach and guide them in the learning of new skills, in the same way that they work to stimulate the development of thought.
2. Thanks to the spaces they create with children of the same age, these can interact between them, stimulating verbal communication through the different group activities. This will favor the development of language, since they considerably expand the child's vocabulary. As a consequence, it strengthens affective bonds with people and stimulates the child's empathy.
3. Teach the child the basic rules of coexistence and respect towards others, as well as the rules and limits that must be met. They learn to socialize and, as a consequence, foresee social inequality.
4. They serve as support for children in their future schooling. The child who comes to school since childhood will have it much easier when it comes to adapting to their future school, since previously this period has worked, with respect to students who do not attend the voluntary stage of Early Childhood Education. What is going to suppose a remarkable improvement in the academic performance of the child.
5. It stimulates emotional self-control and the behavior in the resolution of different situations or conflicts.
6. Strengthens the child's self-esteem and confidence, as it becomes more independent and acquires new knowledge. In these centers, the child is constantly developing their creativity and imagination.
7. Reconciling is very important. It is a support element for parents who have to reconcile work and family life in a more comfortable and easy way.
Undoubtedly, the stage of the Infant School (from 0 to 6 years) is very important in the life development of any person and, far from fears about separating from our children or believing that they are too small to start this period, this will only benefit you in the face of any aspect of your life.
Emma Pérez Director of the European School of Madrid and the European Children's School BEBIN