Benefits of early education in child development
The fact of living in the call of information has caused that the debate on how we should educate children extends not only to teachers and experts in education, but also to a majority of motivated mothers and fathers to offer their sons and daughters the multiple opportunities to enhance their talent during the early childhood education stage.
Among the main aspects of the Early education highlight a set of educational techniques that are characterized by being aimed at infants and young children (from 3 months to 6 years) and whose main objective is precisely to enhance the different abilities of children and contribute to their development cognitive social and emotional.
In this way, if we speak of the new generations as "the most prepared in history", the Early education it would correspond to the first stage of a formation that begins after a few months of life and ends, potentially, in the university.
The roots of early education
The roots of early education are found in the studies of the American Glenn Doman, who popularized his teaching methods in the 1950s through the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential.
The Doman method considers that the first six years of life are the years of greatest neurological and psychological plasticity of children, that is, the time during which their disposition to learning is greater and the foundations of their development are also established. This provision for learning will depend both on the genetic characteristics of the child and on the so-called environmental factors, on which the different activities and programs proposed by the leading experts in early education will act.
Talking about the environmental factors around children is equivalent to thinking about the different dimensions of their education before the age of 6, and how they can encourage greater development and expression of their capacities of whatever kind.
Child development and the benefits of early education
From early education the emphasis is then placed on working with all the access routes to the brain, as well as on their forms of interaction with the world that surrounds them. And always without forgetting the most important, a highly emotional environment and a playful methodology, it is the only way to learn from the child.
This explains, in fact, the wide educational offer that most of the centers based on the early education model, committed to offer all the necessary tools to accompany those first 6 years of training. One of the usual pillars of this offer and on which it is especially stressed is that which has to do with the learning of foreign languages. Beyond the bilingual education in English, quite common in our days, there are already some schools that offer, in addition, programs of French, Portuguese or Mandarin Chinese, seeking to lay the necessary foundations for children to learn these languages in the future with greater naturalness and speed.
Other types of programs within the spectrum of early education go from music to chess, passing through more specific ones such as philosophy or mental calculation. Again, the objective of the different programs is to stimulate the intellectual abilities of the children, but also to encourage the development of their memory, imagination or creativity. Likewise, we must not forget that all of this, in any case, will have to take place in an environment - be it domestic or school - affective, that promotes relations between boys and girls and also contributes to developing their social skills.
In short, we can see that early education corresponds to a method of learning adapted to our times, where emotional, social and intellectual formation is more important than ever. Promoting the early education of the youngest is to promote not only their individual future, but the future of all.
Emma Pérez Madorrán. Director of the European School of Madrid and the European Children's School BEBIN