Early Childhood Education Trends for 2019

Early Childhood Education Trends for 2019

The way in which young children are cared for by educational professionals is constantly evolving. Technology and cultural changes mean new trends in childcare are constantly subject to change. Read on to find more about some of the key early childhood education trends for 2019.

Increased assessments

Young learners have benefited from increased assessment over recent years. There is now a growing emphasis on assessing young children at earlier ages to see if they require extra assistance in specific areas. Tests can be carried out in order to enable early intervention on certain areas, helping young learners to receive the bespoke attention they need to achieve their potential. More parents are also acknowledging the value of high-quality early childhood care, leading to a rise in attendance and employment opportunities for preschool teaching staff.

The battle against child obesity

Over recent years, there has been considerable concern about the physical health of children, with a particular focus on childhood obesity. This has led to a rise in outdoor activities for young children, who are being given more time to explore parks, nature reserves and similar environments. Active play for young children comes in many forms and can include dancing, swimming, running and more. Determined attempts are being made to give young children the healthiest start to life possible. Structured active outdoor play isn’t frequently used as a replacement for conventional free play – it is instead intended to complement it.

Digital learning amongst young children

Mobile devices and the internet are playing a bigger role in early years learning, as you might expect. Preschool teachers are spending increasing amounts of time using the internet to gain quick access to vital relevant information, with young children also being introduced to the basics of the digital world. As the job market becomes more competitive, preschool teachers are working harder to get to grips with new technologies and understand the value that they provide. Applicants with qualifications stand to fare better in the preschool job market, with more childcare providers seeking out staff with bachelor’s degrees.

Further insights into early years learning

A recent report from the Omidyar Network claimed disparities in vocabulary can appear from as early as 18 months. Around three-quarters of children who had received preschool education fared better in IQ and achievement tests than those who did not. The report said high-quality preschool learning has a notably positive relationship on cognitive development. It also claimed that greater diversity in childcare was needed in a society where English isn’t the first language spoken by many families. With young children spending more and more time using digital devices, the report also expressed concern about the quality of mobile apps for children. Though there are now more than 500,000 apps that describe themselves as “educational”, only a small number of these were deemed to be helpful for children by experts. Many of these failed to deliver active, meaning learning experiences.

About Isabello’s

Isabello’s preschool is located in the village of Sayers Common, West Sussex close to the A23. The preschool offers enthusiastic, fun childcare of the highest quality for children aged between 2-5 and is run from the local church hall. Placing a strong emphasis on outdoor learning, it offers a range of additional learning activities like the Forest School, which delivers hands-on learning experiences in woodlands and natural environments. Other valuable activities include Yoga and Languages for Kids. You can reach Isabello’s today by giving the team a call on 07534 701 625 or by completing the short form on the website. Alternatively, you can send an email to info@isabellos.co.uk.

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