Social interaction is one of the most important aspects of any child’s development. The benefits will have a lifelong effect on the child and by making sure that they are given a chance for social interaction early, it is ensured that the child will have a solid foundation for their social skills as they grow and eventually become an adult. By using a child care service which encourages social interaction early on a child can gain the following benefits:
Learning to Work with Others
Teamwork is a skill that will be useful throughout life, and it is founded on the principles of sharing, communicating, compromising, and working towards common goals. As children play together in supervised learning environments such as child care, they will begin to understand the appropriate tactics for working well with others.
Developing Communication Skills with Child Care
While early communication skills are developed by imitating adults, children also need to learn to communicate verbally with peers. Social interaction from an early age is a key factor in learning to speak effectively for clear communication. Through communication with others at places like child care, kids also gain a sense of self and learn to identify as individuals, which is a normal part of the developmental process for toddlers.
Understanding Social Cues
Non-verbal communication is another important component of social interaction for children. As kids play and learn together, they will begin to understand emotions expressed through facial expressions and body language. Not only will this be valuable in knowing what others are feeling, but it is also helpful for children who are just learning to express themselves.
Friendships are critical for young children, and they are only built through regular social interactions. Because children do not have innate problem solving and conflict resolution skills at young ages, guided social interactions are helpful in forging friendships that will be necessary for building confidence and self-esteem.
Should all children be given the same amount of social interaction?
Things aren’t always so simple. Just as in the adult world no two children are the same. They will all have different levels of comfort as well as enjoyment in how they handle social situations. Children who are more introverted for example may benefit and get more enjoyment from less social interaction than other children. They may find it more comfortable to only have 2 or 3 close friends rather than being part of a larger group. On the other hand, children who are more extroverted may enjoy being around their peers for longer periods of time and may enjoy themselves more in a bigger group. Additionally, it is also important to consider the needs of children who may have a mental health condition such as autism spectrum disorder. These children may have a very tough time in social situations and additional care should be given in assisting these children to allow them to interact with others in a way that still allows them to feel safe and comfortable.
Are you feeling the squeeze when it comes to child care in Keysborough?
The Discovery Tree Child Care Centre will support the very best of early childhood development, education and school preparation in Clayton, Clayton South, Keysborough and the South East Melbourne area. While it is still early days, the team here at Discovery Tree are pulling out all the stops to strive for a future of excellence in childcare and early education.
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The Caminiti family and the Discovery Tree team saw the need for more childcare facilities in South East Melbourne and especially Keysborough. Many parents understand the benefits of childcare and wish to enrol their child however currently Keysborough and the surrounding suburbs are experiencing a high demand for childcare services and we believe we can meet that demand.
The core and driving force behind that excellence will be this brand new centre. By building the new centre specifically for one purpose, we can ensure that we are providing the very best environment for your children and giving them an amazing kickstart to their education. Here are just a few of the amazing things that this new centre will feature:
- All new natural play spaces
- 4 new rooms specially tailored to specific year levels
- Built to be a safe and secure environment
- Equipped with the latest technologies to enhance education
How to get there
Approximately 15 mins drive
via Westall Rd/Westall Rd Ext/State Route 49 (10.1 km) or just over 17 mins via Heatherton Rd/State Route 14 (9.8km)