The Primrose Experience
The Importance of the First Five Years
High-quality early childhood education provides children with the foundation they need to lead healthy, safe and productive lives. At Primrose Schools ®, The Leader in Educational Child Chare ®, our exclusive Balanced Learning ® curriculum blends teacher-guided and child-initiated activities with a special emphasis on character development to build the right foundation for Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts ® in the first five years of a child’s life. Research shows the most significant brain development milestones occur from birth to age 5. Babies are born with more than 100 billion nerve cells in their brains. These neurons must connect and communicate with each other in order to form the circuits needed to think, learn and succeed – something neurons do at the remarkable rate of 700 connections per second in the first five years of life.
According to The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, “The strength and efficiency of these connections is greatly affected by social interactions that involve an active back-and-forth – or ‘serve and return’ – exchange of information.” Parents and educators play a critical role in creating these new and repeated experiences that lay the foundation for a wide range of developmental outcomes later in life.
“Serve and return” can be implemented with children of all ages to promote a variety of positive learning outcomes, such as literacy and language skills, social and emotional confidence, and executive functioning skills, such as team-building and leadership skills.
At Primrose Schools, our team of leading early childhood educators has created an integrated curriculum that carefully balances social, emotional, physical and academic learning based on age and development levels. For example, during story time, teachers engage students in different back-and-forth interactions by age, including:
- Ages 6 weeks to 1-year-old: cooing and making facial expressions
- Ages 1-3: asking questions and using different character voices
- Ages 4-5: discussing feelings
By frequently and deliberately pairing words with objects and actions to create meaning, Primrose students begin to learn language to its fullest extent. Additionally, by implementing “serve and return” and discussing problems and feeling during playtime, children begin to develop important life skills, such as playing well with others, thinking outside the box and learning to cope with failures.
Early childhood education provides the foundation for a c hild’s future in life beyond school. In addition to critical thinking skills, Primrose Schools focus on character development and life skills, such as friendship, generosity and honesty. Our goal is for every Primrose child to develop into a well rounded individual with a love of learning and life.
The rapid development that takes place during the first five years of a child’s life is critical to success in life, and early educators play a pivotal role in fostering this growth. To learn more about the many lifelong benefits of enrolling your child at Primrose School, call a Primrose School for more information or to schedule a tour of a campus. For school locations and contact information visit our website.