Early Childhood Issues - PDF
Added on - 21 Apr 2020
Running head: EARLY CHILDHOOD0Play in Early Childhood
EARLY CHILDHOOD1IntroductionEarly childhood is a vital stage for all children that lay down the foundation for theirgrowth in life; it is the stage between 0-8 years that is considered to be a significantlysensitive stage. Many studies have provided that the growth of active neural pathways in thebrain happened during the early childhood stage and especially before the age of three.Therefore, it is considered essential that children are given various opportunities foremotional, social, intellectual and physical growth which provide them numerouseducational, social and economic benefits. During this critical period of early childhooddevelopment, parents, teachers, and educators face various issues that can the adversely affectthe development of a child, such as construction issues, technology problems, ethics,readiness and many others. This essay will focus on analysing various issues raised in earlychildhood and examine their impact on children. Further, the article will providerecommendations to ensure these problems are not affecting children’s growth negatively.
EARLY CHILDHOOD2Issues in Early ChildhoodEarly childhood is a sensitive stage for children since most of their development, bothmental and physical, happened in such phase. The parents, teachers, and educators facevarious challenges which negatively affect the development of a child. The children faceissues regarding readiness and transition in early childhood. Readiness means preparing forfuture events; children readiness is defined as the transition into kindergarten (Schwartz,Tuchman, Hobbie & Ginsberg, 2011). Various factors, such as parents, school administration,teachers, society and the local community, work together to provide a satisfactory schoolexperience to children. In other words, it means preparing the children to succeed in school,socially, cognitively and emotionally; these factors differentiate the disadvantaged childrenwith affluent peers. The transition from early childhood home to the new facility is asignificant experience for both children and their families, and this procedure should besmooth and completed within appropriate time.Effective school readiness program provides necessary information to the parents andhealthcare professionals that assist in identifying whether the child has necessary skills andqualities to start a fruitful school experience. Readiness defines the ability which is essentialfor children to learn and succeed in school (Vogler, Crivello & Woodhead, 2008). Thequality of education assist children in succeeds or failed in life, therefore, it is a significantlyimportant procedure. The importance of the transition to kindergarten has become a risingissue for federal and state governments due to its importance on children’s future. A nationalsurvey conducted on kindergarten teachers’ experience, found that more than half of childrenface difficulty in kindergarten. The transition is difficult for children because they lack themental and physical skills or knowledge to learn new things smoothly, and their families andlocal communities failed to realise their problems (Peters, 2010).For inadequately prepared children it is considerably difficult to learn and understandschools environment, it also has a negative influence on their studies. These issues alsohappen due to the problem in the family since the parents failed to teach their kids necessaryskills for smooth transitions; it is the primary responsibility of parents to prepare their childfor a smooth transition (Mistry, Benner, Biesanz, Clark & Howes, 2010). For example, beforethe transition, parents can prepare their child for school by establishing similar environmentat home. They can buy uniforms, pack lunch and establish few rules to make children aware