How involved are you in your child’s early education? Do you practise home learning that provides a good foundation for the next stage of their learning journey? Or do you involve yourself with their nursery environment, ensuring that they are well cared for and that the nursery you choose is the best available? Perhaps you have a good balance of both. Whatever type of parent you are, we can all agree that being involved in your child’s early stages of learning is important. When parents get involved in their children’s learning, they will be creating a nurturing environment where their child can become expressive and develop both socially and intellectually.
The Benefits Of Parental Involvement
Both, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) and the DfES agree that ‘increased parental involvement for children in the early years is linked to increased progress’ and development which relates to an increase in their psychological growth potential. What does this mean for parents?
Benefits For Parents
Studies show that parental involvement leads to improved behaviour and a more positive attitude. Being involved in your child’s education shows them that you care about their education and it enables you understand their emotional and social needs. Parents will bond better with their children and many find that they become more confident as parents as a result of this.
Not only does being involved in your child’s education strengthen the bonds between parent and child, but it can also create a much stronger relationship between practitioners and parents/carers. Experts have found that the enabling environment created by better communication between parents and practitioners, improves a child’s ability to learn and develop.
Benefits For Children
There are many benefits for the children when parents become involved in their child’s learning. These include children who are much more confident and who have higher self-esteem in social situations. This is especially important during the nursery stage, where socialisation can be an indicator of their personal development, or lack thereof. This then enables practitioners to review the child’s progress in the prime areas and decide if specialist support is needed.
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