The Benefits of Nursery & Pre-School to Under-5s

A good nursery or pre-school is so much more than just a crèche, playgroup, kindergarten or childminding service.A good nursery or pre-school is so much more than just a crèche, playgroup, kindergarten or childminding service. A nursery like ours encompasses all those things but, in addition, will enrich a child’s life in a myriad of profound and positive ways. In essence, it will give them the opportunity to become the very best version of themselves, with all the tools to absolutely thrive as they move forwards to school and even later into adulthood. Today, we take a look at just a few of the many benefits of sending a child to nursery or pre-school and how it sets optimised foundations for them and their place in the world, even impacting them positively into adulthood.

A Complete Early Years Education

As well as being somewhere that will look after children and keep them safe while parents perhaps work, a good nursery or pre-school will give children a complete early years education.

A Good Early Years Education Through the EYFS

Children's learning is achieved through the application of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.Nurseries like Little Acorns in Padiham provide a dynamic environment where children mostly learn through different types of play and pre-planned, carefully structured activities. Much of their learning is achieved through the application of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. Part of that is a wide curriculum covering all the key areas of importance for children’s learning and development in their early years. As well as giving children under five a diverse knowledge of different topics and an understanding of the world around them, the EYFS curriculum will also help them to use their imaginations, stimulate creativity, boost literacy, master early years mathematics and numeracy — and a whole lot more.

A Tailored Plan for Individual Children

Another reason why our curriculum is good for children under five is that it focuses on the individual needs and interests of each child. We recognise that every child is unique and has their own strengths, abilities, and needs. The resulting approach is therefore for early years practitioners to plan activities and experiences that are tailored to the individual child. It is in this way that each child achieves personal bests in every area of their learning and development. This is why, in our introduction, we referred to children becoming the very best version of themselves at nurseries and pre-schools like Little Acorns Nursery in Padiham.

Enhanced Cognitive Development

A good nursery or pre-school provides children with a wide and well-planned range of activities and experiences that also support their cognitive development. As well as learning comprehensively, this approach helps children to develop important skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity.

A Huge Boost to Children’s Personal Development

A good early years childcare provider like Little Acorns will also nurture every aspect of children's learning and development.A good early years childcare provider like Little Acorns will also nurture every aspect of children’s personal development. Research suggests that starting childcare and a good early years education at a young age can have significant positive effects on children’s development.

Greater Independence

Nurseries and pre-schools help children to become more independent, encouraging them to make decisions, explore their environment, and try new things. Greater independence will serve them well once they’re ready to move on to primary school and beyond. Independence also helps children to develop confidence, a greater sense of self-esteem and a greater propensity to enjoy the activity of learning itself.

Enhanced Social Skills

The social skills learned while at nursery or pre-school will be invaluable when children are older.Spending time at nursery and pre-school provides children with countless opportunities to interact with peers and to learn to socialise with others. Through doing so, they’ll develop their social skills generally, including things like learning good manners, needing to sometimes share or take turns, learning about mutual respect, and following rules.

Boosted Physical Development

Children naturally engage in more physical activities at nursery/pre-school than they might at home; for example running, skipping, hopping, jumping, climbing and fast-paced ball games with friends. Through doing so, they’ll develop their gross motor skills and improve upon balance, coordination, fitness and strength.

Natural Language Development

Early years settings like Little Acorns represent a rich language environment for children. With all the adults and other children all using a range of language and vocabulary around them, children will naturally pick up language skills and improve communication and understanding.

Nurturing of Emotional Development

Nurseries and pre-schools provide a safe and nurturing environment, enabling children to learn to express feelings and emotions more readily. This helps to support children’s emotional development, including a deeper understanding of their own feelings as well as those of others, along with better self-awareness, self-regulation, and resilience.

Support for Children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Good nurseries and pre-schools like Little Acorns support children of all abilities.Good nurseries and pre-schools like Little Acorns welcome and support children of all abilities. As part of this and whenever possible, they will create an inclusive environment for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). They’ll support them in every way they can including, where possible, provision of special equipment, adapting the environment to make it more accessible, and obtaining additional funding for extra resources. They’ll even work with outside professionals, where appropriate, to develop the best ‘joined-up’ plan to support children. The result is a positive and responsive culture where children feel comfortable and valued, irrespective of ability or disability.

Preparedness for School

Nurseries & Pre-schools help children to develop the skills and confidence they need to thrive once they start school.All of the above will really help children to develop the skills and confidence they need to absolutely thrive once they start at primary school. As well as being more able and literate from the moment they start, they’ll more easily be able to follow routines, listen to instructions, and work independently. They’ll absolutely hit the ground running with the existing knowledge, tools and abilities that they learned during their all-important early years. Indeed, those children who receive a high quality early years education have been shown to attain higher grades in their GCSEs and can be the equivalent of a year ahead by the time they reach the age of 15.

Better Overall Outcomes for Children

The high quality childcare that a child receives at nursery and/or pre-school also plays a vital role in determining their life outcomes. For example, studies have found that children who started attending a high-quality childcare nursery/pre-school before the age of 2 had better cognitive, language, social and emotional development than children who began the programme at a later age or did not attend childcare at all. Similarly, other research suggests that starting childcare before age 3 is associated with higher academic achievement and fewer behavioural problems in the long term. Those beginning early are statistically more likely to go on to attend higher education courses and even to earn more during their adult lives. That’s amazing when you think about it.

All in all, attending a high quality nursery and/or pre-school provides a complete, holistic approach children’s learning, development and — incredibly — to their long-term success. It also, of course, provides crucial and practical support for parents, especially those who are returning to work or who need to balance work and parenting responsibilities. There are many additional benefits not mentioned, though, as we’ve barely scratched the surface (we haven’t even mentioned the benefits to society, for example — and there are many). Nevertheless, we hope that this information today has been of interest and gives those who are considering early years childcare some much-needed facts to bear in mind when making a decision for their child.

Little Acorns Nursery & Pre-School: High Quality Childcare in Padiham, Lancashire

Little Acorns Nursery & Pre-School is in Padiham, Lancashire, near Hapton, Rose Grove, Burnley, Altham, Huncoat, Read, Simonstone, Sabden, Higham and Wood End.

Little Acorns Nursery and pre-school is located in Padiham, Lancashire and is also conveniently near to those in Hapton, Rose Grove, Burnley, Altham, Huncoat, Read, Simonstone, Sabden, Higham and Wood End. All Government childcare funding schemes are supported too, making it affordable to a wide range of families. If you are interested in a place for your child at Little Acorns Nursery, please get in touch, or ask any questions using a button below: