In early childhood, quality education and care can transform children’s lives...
7 October 2019| Last updated on 10 October 2019
In early childhood, quality education and care can transform children’s lives.
In addition to preparing children for primary school, they help to build a solid foundation for lifelong learning and well-being by shaping the development of responsible, caring and capable future citizens.
According to UNESCO, early childhood care and education (ECCE) offer multiple benefits to both children and society, yielding higher returns on investment than any other levels of education and training. ECCE also plays an important role in the shift towards gender equality and more inclusive societies.
Although the development of the human brain starts before birth and continues into adulthood, the most significant brain development occurs in early childhood. During their first five years, children have the capacity to acquire vast amounts of information and learn an incredible number of skills. They start to develop cognitively, socially and emotionally, and the information they take in during these critical early years will affect their abilities to learn and function throughout their lives.
While our brains never stop changing and adjusting, babies and toddlers learn a lot faster than adults because their brains are more flexible or ‘plastic’. The Education Commission recommended that every child be provided with two years of free quality preschool because it is so crucial to children’s educational success.
Child's Early Years
In the early years, children are highly influenced by their environments and by the people around them. A child’s ability to learn can be impacted negatively if their emotional needs and needs for attachment are not satisfied, or if they are continuously exposed to traumatic, stressful situations.
For example, a child may experience stress if a parent, caregiver or educator tries to make them learn a skill before they are ready to do so. A balanced approach to emotional, social, cognitive and language development helps to prepare children for success at school, work and in the community.
By improving our understanding of the ways in which children’s minds develop, neuroscience – the study of the human nervous system’s development and function – makes it possible for educators and parents to help young children grow in developmentally appropriate ways.
Supportive relationships and positive learning experiences are also essential for healthy brain development, and babies benefit from stable, caring and interactive relationships with adults. Based on the knowledge that emotional health is essential to cognition (the process through which one acquires knowledge and understanding through thought, experience and the senses) and to learning ability, educators can develop environments that promote learning.
At Bright Kids Nursery, a 21st-century learning nursery that provides safe and quality childcare services for children aged 0-4 years, our staff are highly-qualified, passionate, friendly and caring, and they ensure that each child receives support and attention.
We believe that each child is unique; that children are natural learners in a stimulating environment; that positive relationships form the basis for personal respect, supporting learning; and that each child develops in their own way and at their own pace.
Every branch of Bright Kids Nursery features carefully designed indoor and outdoor environments with state-of-the-art facilities and internationally sourced resources that create opportunities for playful learning. Lots of love, care and attention went into the choice of colour, light, sound and texture to ensure that the design supports the education, and that the environment has a positive impact on children’s learning.
Based on the ways in which the brain typically develops, there are different optimal ages for learning specific skills. For example, the brain’s sensitivity to language acquisition peaks at age one, while most children are best able to learn social skills when they’re between two and three years old.
Bright Kids Nursery also offers its staff training in the principles of neuroscience and brain development, and educators learn how these principles apply to motor development, emotional control, symbols and patterns, hearing, language and communication.
Bright Kids Nursery’s broad, balanced and highly inspiring curriculum is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) approach in a Montessori setting and supported by neuroscience-based learning strategies.
Bright Kids Nursery also harnesses the latest in innovative technology through its STREAM experimental learning curriculum. The Nursery’s age-appropriate Coding @ 2 programme introduces logic and problem-solving at a very young age, and the outdoor environment is designed to build coding logic in the children while they play real games — they learn to code while they skip and sing.
At Bright Kids Nursery, we view parents as partners in their child’s learning. Based on the belief that repeated experiences help to strengthen the connections in the brain, resulting in optimal development, we recommend communicating with young children through meaningful conversations, asking open-ended questions and introducing them to the colourful world of books, songs, rhymes and poetry to help the development of high-level language and communication skills.
Already emerging as a champion of technology and innovative teaching methods, Bright Kids Nursery is expanding fast. One of the top 10 nurseries in Abu Dhabi, Bright Kids Nursery has branches in Al Muroor, Bain Al Jesrain, Al Najda, Khalifa City A, and Al Manaseer, a branch in Al Ain, and one branch in Sharjah. More branches across the UAE will be opening soon.
KBBO Education, a subsidiary of KBBO Group, developed the Bright Kids Nursery brand around the three core pillars of innovation, dreams and connections to the future. Children are exposed to a curriculum that promotes the development of innovation, creativity, problem-solving and thinking skills that are transferable and empowering.
KBBO Group is a leading, diversified holding company headquartered in the UAE with operations across the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Committed to excellence, the Group invests in ideas that power tomorrow’s technology across diverse industries including education.