Social development is tied to many other parts of your baby’s overall development, which is why it’s important to start socialization with other children at a young age. Social interaction helps young children to start to develop their sense of self, and also start to learn what others expect from them. Sending your child to a preschool or child care center can give them the social interaction that they need with children their age, and help them reach other developmental milestones.
By playing with other children, they learn skills that stick with them their whole life. Young children are egocentric by nature. Putting them in preschool or child care helps your child naturally come out of that phase. Sharing, setting boundaries, and problem solving all come from socializing and interacting. Children learn to have empathy for other people; recognize when their friends are sad or mad or even happy! Kids eventually will start to use these skills at home with their parents, siblings, or even pets.
Your child’s preschool will also help them to learn discipline and consequences for their behavior. As they develop and pick-up social cues they learn what behaviors or reactions are appropriate and which ones aren’t. Going to preschool or child care gives them consistency needed for their social development. As your little ones grow, so will their maturity.
So many decisions go into choosing the right preschool and the right timing. But laying the foundation for socialization and problem solving is absolutely crucial at a young age. Socialization for children is another factor that benefits their development and a child care setting can support that!
Children’s Campus is a child care center committed to helping infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop their social skills through appropriate forms of play. We have three locations in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Greenville. Schedule a tour today.