One of the best things we could grant a child is their freedom to play and explore. If we say play, learning always comes with it. At a young age, it is beneficial that we already involve them in various activities, because it is at this age that their curiosity is highly working. It is nice that we let them mingle and play with other kids because their social skills can improve. Through playgroup, they can enjoy and have fun while learning. It is true that bringing your children to playgroups can highly enhance their skills and they can have all the other benefits that it can give.
In an article by Playgroup Nsw, we will be reading about five ways a child can benefit from a playgroup.
5 Ways Your Child Can Benefit From Playgroup
When talking about the benefits of playgroup, Karen van Woudenberg, Playgroup NSW Deputy CEO highlights that, “Playgroups allow parents to introduce their children to a range of activities they may not do at home. It’s also a safe way for parents to allow their children to engage socially with other people and try new things. Parents can broaden their social network, meeting other parents with children in the same age group.”
Here, Karen picked the top five benefits.
- Allowing children to develop social skills at their own pace
Your baby may be a social butterfly or the type that prefers to play on their own – and that is perfectly fine. Each child has their own approach towards developing their social skills. Karen explains that, “Playgroup is really about following the lead of the child.” It allows children to develop their social skills at their own pace, and this usually occurs between the ages of one to three. Read more here J
Playgroups are really beneficial not only for the child, but for the parents as well. At an early age, they get trained and they get to be exposed in a wider environment. It is good because a wider environment means a wider learning. One of the things that are most commonly taught to children is songs or nursery rhymes. Why is that? Why does music play a big part in playgroups and in the early years of a child?
Playgroup Queensland came up with an article about the importance of music in the development of toddlers. Let us find out.
The Importance of Music in the Development of Toddlers
Very early in their life, children will start to identify rhythm and even move to the beats of music. After all, music is meant to touch our souls! Besides that, music provides cognitive benefits that support children’s early development. In this article, we talk about the benefits of getting musical around your toddlers.
Here are our top five reasons why music can be beneficial to the development of your child.
- Music increases toddler’s sensory development
Just as taste, textures and colours aid a child’s sensory development, so does music. Exposing your child to different types of music can help create more pathways between the cells in their brains. This effect increases even more when you link music to different activities such as dancing. Read more here J
Music can really be a great tool in teaching children. The rhythm of a song can make a child more engaged and more interested in learning. It is really better to upgrade learning in playgroups by giving it a little touch of creativity through music. A playgroup is really helpful especially for parents who don’t have enough time to teach their children. However it is their responsibility to cater to the needs of their children especially while they are still young. There will be a lot of disadvantages of not being able to let your children join playgroups and will greatly affect them in the future.
Ent Wellbeing Sydney will explain to us why children who don’t go to playgroups fall behind at school.
Children Who Don’t Go To Playgroup Fall Behind At School
The latest research on pediatric development indicates that at the time of starting school, children who do not attend playgroup are twice as likely to be developmentally behind as children who do. After controlling for demographic and socio-economic factors, data gathered by the Australian Early Development Census by researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute, found that children who didn’t attend playgroup were more than twice as likely to have difficulty with literacy, numeracy, communications skills, and general knowledge by the time they reached kindergarten. Read more here J
It is sad to know that there are children who don’t get to join and enjoy the beauty of playgroups. It is even sadder that it would affect their performance in school in the future. Aside from their social skills being affected, their academics can be greatly affected as well. As we said earlier, playgroups can teach a lot of important concepts to children and it would be a waste if we don’t let them be involved in this. As parents, it is actually nice to see that our children know singing, dancing, drawing, and other stuff. It is also nice to see that they have friends. As early as possible, let us have our children enjoy learning through play because in the end, it would all be satisfying.