What is Early Learning?

Early Learning is everywhere, in the home, in early learning programs, and within our communities. Children are immersed in opportunities to self-construct their own knowledge as they participate in and observe day-to-day transactions within their environments.

A multitude of research illustrates that children are active participants in their own learning; and whilst a child may be able to self-construct a great deal of new knowledge through these everyday experiences with their environment, learning is significantly amplified with the support and modeling from adults or more skillful peers.

Parents are undeniably children’s first and most important teachers, but young children need meaningful learning opportunities to develop skills, sense of self and a foundation for learning throughout life. Children who participate in early learning programs develop and families benefit too!

Children who attend high quality early learning programs develop a love for learning, as well as competencies in:

  • Healthy eating and wellness habits
  • Fine and gross motor development
  • Self-help/self-regulation
  • Creative expression through the arts
  • Planning and reflection
  • Eagerness/curiosity for learning
  • Persistence
  • Social skills with peers and adults
  • Greater identity of who they are

They also gain other essential skills such as:

  • Listening and understanding
  • Increased vocabulary
  • Speaking in sentences/conversation
  • Emergent writing
  • Mathematical thinking, counting and measuring
  • Scientific thinking and inquiry
  • Understanding of people, places and environments
  • Early literacy
  • Problem solving