The Importance of Early Childhood Education in the Development of Jamaican Children

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In enforcing the need for early childhood education in Jamaica, we must understand the framework that surrounds children and the challenges that they face. Early childhood education refers to learning programs and strategies geared toward children from birth to the age of eight; at this period of time it is considered to be the most vulnerable and crucial stage in an individual’s life. The teaching ascertained during these years of a child's life, plays a vital role and aids in proper development of children. It enables us to define and deliver the appropriate and effective developmental support needed in increasing the country’s growth. Young children learn habits and form patterns that are not easily changed in their latter years, these habits and patterns are usually instilled in children during their first years of education. If our Jamaican educators and parents can teach good habits and ensure productive patterns of behaviour in the nation’s children; it could pave the way to them achieving great educational success. Early childhood education is critical to the development of young people as it directly impacts children’s cognitive skills, behaviour, and social development. Early exposure to education will motivate children to learn and use their critical thinking skills, therefore enhancing their cognitive skills. A young child needs to learn how to understand information and become accustomed to identifying and finding a solution to problems. Early exposure to literature is a powerful tool that can be used to motivate young children to learn. It inspires and challenges them to engage and interact with books which improve their ability to think critically. Another method that would enhance critical thinking among young children would be to read children magazines, academic books and even comic books. Doing this will enable them to match pictures with words; these reading activities can motivate children to improve their reading skills. Critical reading...
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