A Parent’s Role in Early Childhood Education

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As a parent to a preschool or kindergarten-aged child, you are looking to provide for them the best educational experience that you possibly can.

While much of this is done through finding the best available daycare centre or school in the area, you must also believe that your role as a parent is to be the first and best teacher that your children will have.

You play a vital role in the preschool and kindergarten era in your child’s life and here are some of the best ways you can make an impact on their educational experience.

Do things together

This one may seem easy, but it bears repeating. At these developmental ages in daycare, preschool, kindergarten and on you should be reading with your child each and every night.

This will help build up their vocabulary and allow for the child to begin to understand what each of the letters does and how they fit into becoming words.

You should also be cooking with them and having them gain more experience with numbers and counting. In this time, you will be showing your child how learning can extend beyond the classroom. 

How does your child learn?

While you child is at daycare, preschool or kindergarten, they occupy themselves with one of the many activities available to them whether it be reading, blocks, or playing make believe.

If your child favours using the blocks, be sure to get a set for home so that they can continue to use the most active part of their brains to continue learning at home. If they value reading time, continue to read with them each and every night.

Buy a copy of their favourite books from school and participate in the book fair if your school has one. If your child loves to imagine, join in on their fun and be robots, cartoon characters or whatever they like with them.

Practice makes perfect

Many daycare, preschool, and kindergartens are very hands-on and appreciate the parents being kept in the loop on the learning curriculum.

It is possible when you first visited these schools to make sure they were right for your child, and that they gave you an idea for what will be taught.

This gives you the opportunity to work with your child on what they will be learning and what they may be learning in the future. The ability to continue on what has been taught in school will help your child retain the information.

Connect what they learned to everyday life

Being able to connect what your child learns to their everyday life will allow for them to establish early on in their lives that school is important and will teach them more about the world around us.

Children are naturally very curious so being by their side when they are doing something will give them more reasons to practice, and more reasons to continue to pay attention in school. 

Connect lessons to the global life

We all play a part in our global community and you can show your child just how their educational journey fits in during the grand scheme of things.

While the news might be ungraspable for your small children, you can still let them into other events and start a conversation with them about what they heard or even instil the lessons from stories they know into the large scale events they may have encountered in school. 

In a Nutshell 

Early childhood education is one of the most important parts of a person’s life. For young children, having their parents by their side is extremely important.

Parents can do more in offering the child encouragement, appreciation and love by spending more time with him/her.

This plays a vital role in a child’s personality development and possibly having the best perspective on life when they grow up. 

The Right Age to Start Early Childhood Education and Types of Early Education in Malaysia

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Throughout the years, early education is a concept that has expanded all across Malaysia dramatically.

The aim is to create an educational system that is so proficient that children who go through the system come out as well-equipped and informed individuals who are able to take on the 21st century.

Certainly, Starway Professional, with its maxim ‘Transform Lives’, is keen on taking up the role to produce children who grow up to be the ones who excel in the fast-paced digital age. 

‘Early Education’ is for children from the time they are born to the age of six. Instead of daycare centres, most parents prefer to enrolling their children in early educational institutions.

These institutions are either funded by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) or by government agencies. However, in Malaysia, early childhood education is not part of the formal educational system.

And because of this, it gives early childhood education providers, especially the private ones, the flexibility to create and use the most suitable syllabus for teaching purposes.  

Usually, early education is provided in nurseries, sort of an advanced daycare centre, or preschools – like kindergarten.

Nurseries are usually created within homes and cater a group of 1-20 children at a time usually under the age of 5. In contrast, preschools are more formal and based in centres for education.

They cater to a large number of children usually within the ages of 5 to 6 years. Thus, as a parent, it’s best to enrol your children in an early education system before they go into a formalized educational system.

The types of early education system as further divided on two basis, other than age.

  • Private 
  • Public 

Private Early Education 

Private early educational nurseries, kindergartens and preschools are not funded by government agencies or NGOs and instead charge the parents a standard fee for enrolling their children.

These fees are what allows them to have better facilities than public preschools. Due to the fact that there is no formal curriculum set by the government for early education, private programmes extend the duty to select the curriculum to the parents.

Parents can decide on what should be taught to the children as well as the medium of instruction that should be used. 

In majority of the cases, the teachers employed by the private sector of early education have international certifications and qualifications.

Thus, they are able to focus more on the cognitive development of the children from such an early stage in life. This adheres to the needs of the parents that revolves around creating a balance between social developments along with real-world education

Additionally, these preschools are also licensed by the Ministry of Education which gives them a more formal standing in comparison to public institutions.

Run by private organizations, private early education focuses more on enrichment with programmes on dancing, singing, brain development and drama taking centre stage. 

Public Early Education 

One of the distinguishing features of public early education programmes is that they are fully funded by the government agencies or NGOs. 

Majority of the teachers that teach within these nurseries, kindergartens and preschools are often locally qualified. Thus, they can fulfil the requirements of parents like equipping their children socially, teaching them about cultural values and the basics of a Malaysian society.

There is no specific curriculum for early education so the focus always remains on how the teachers can train and educate children to function optimally in the 21st-century society.  

In a Nutshell 

Early childhood education is the most important part of education in one’s life because that’s the time when the brain grows the fastest. It’s also the most critical age when most perception and attitude are formed.

There is no denying that all parents want the best for their children, especially when it comes to education. To find out more about early childhood education for your child, feel free to get in touch with Starway Professional

How to Choose the Right Kindergarten or Preschool in Malaysia

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It is time to pack up your little one and send them off to preschool or kindergarten for the first time. You know education is the road to success and that their formative years are important, but just where should you be sending your little ones off to learn their numbers and letters?

In Malaysia, there are several options on where your children should be taught, what they should be taught, and in what language they should be taught. Whether it be Kindergarten in Kuantan, Kindergarten in Mahkota Cheras, or Kindergarten in Sungai Long, the curriculum and the language may all be different. There’s a lot to consider but these are some of the things you should consider more than others.

1. Language

Malaysia is a multilingual country and has a wide variety of early education schools that are taught in a number of languages. What language would you like your child to be the best versed in? What language do you speak at home?

By answering these questions, you will have narrowed the field drastically. If you are hoping for a multilingual school or bilingual school, you should consider just how much your child is going to learn in this facility as each lesson may have to be taught anywhere from two to five times each day.

2. Budgeting

The second biggest thing in deciding the academic future for your children is deciding just how much you wish to spend on their education. Budgeting is important, since it allows you to create a spending plan for your little ones.

If there is one time to spend on your child’s education, it is here since beyond preschool it is likely your child will attend a government school for the majority of their education. So if you have the means to give them a good start at their academic career, now would be the time to give it to them.

Once you get a language and a cost associated with educating your little one, you need to begin to decide just how far you are willing to drive them each morning and then go to pick them up each afternoon. Will you be driving all the way to preschool in Kuantan, preschool in Mahkota Cheras, or preschool in Terengganu?

3. Transportation

Remember to factor in the driving radius; while it may be easy for you to wake up, have a coffee and get to work on short rest, your child needs more rest than you to ensure healthy growth and development both physically and mentally.

4. Teachers

Next, move on to getting to know more about the teachers. Whether it is Kindergarten in Kuala Terengganu, Kindergarten in Mahkota Cheras, or Kindergarten in Sungai Long, be sure to schedule a sit down with any potential educator, as not only do you have to trust them to teach your child, you also have to trust them to protect your child the whole time they are under their supervision.

The meeting, while at the end of the process, is often the most important. You have to feel comfortable leaving your child with this person. If you interview the teacher and do not feel like you can trust the teacher, it may be time to go all the way back to the beginning of the process and reconsider other schools within your price range and transportation radius.

5. Facilities

Once you conclude the discussion with the potential teacher, make sure to take note of the facilities around the preschool and kindergarten. Does the school have a safe playground? Do they have a reading room?

Every parent wants their children to learn and grow as a person and the best way to set that up is a diverse array of activities that may be unavailable to them at home.

Do you have more questions regarding the education of your little one?

Please feel free to talk to our friendly and helpful teachers at Starway Professional Educare. Visit Starway Professional to find out more!