If you have young children then you know that the early years are a fun and exciting time!
Your children are learning like sponges and developing at a rapid rate. As a parent, you have a massive impact on your child’s learning and you can stimulate their development in many ways.
The fact that you are on this site shows that you are invested in finding out how you can support and help your child in their learning journey.
You have come to the right place!
The 4 Areas of Early Childhood Development
During the first few years of life, children show major growth in the following four areas:
Children develop their gross motor skills first and then their fine motor skills as they mature.
- Gross motor refers to the large muscles of the body (used to kick, walk etc)
- Fine motor refers to the small muscles (used to tie a shoelace or hold a pencil).
Children must develop cognitive (intellectual) skills such as:
- Concept formation
- Thinking skills
- Visual and auditory perception
Children learn social skills by interacting primarily with their parents and family, and later their peers.
Social interaction is an important part of having a healthy and fulfilling life.
Children must learn skills such as:
- conflict resolution
Emotional intelligence is often considered to be the most important factor for success.
The early years are the time to grow and mature and develop essential life skills such as:
- perseverance and grit
How do Young Children Learn?
The beauty of early childhood is that children learn everything through play!
All of the articles on this blog will show you how your child develops each and every important skill through play, and how you can help foster this learning in fun ways!