#3. Strong Communication and Language Skills
Being in school builds a child’s self-confidence, empathy and ability to develop meaningful connections with peers and teachers. A big part of positive social-emotional development lies in communication abilities.
A study by the U.K. government’s education authority Ofsted has found that children struggle with basic skills such as writing and speech in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the “early years” group, Ofsted found that education providers had noted delays in young children’s speech and language development. This behaviour could be due to reduced social interaction amid the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns.
During the months of isolation, children had limited to no communication with peers and adults outside of their immediate family. Their interactions were one-way on electronic devices, with access to any information/ entertainment they would need. This limits children’s ability to navigate different conversations and situations which usually requires two-way interaction and logical thinking.
Listening and absorbing the basic and distinct sounds of language form the foundation for speech. The crucial window period for children to pick these distinctive sounds are below the ages of six. At Kinderland, there will be increased access to genuine interactions and emotional connections with peers and teachers. This stimulates your child’s speech, language, and cognitive growth, even from birth.