Have you ever wondered what the goal of early childhood education ? Honestly, I never spent much time pondering this question until recently.
One of the first things I discovered when learning about preschools is that there seems to be an emerging distinction between “play-based” and “academic” programs. On the face of it, many parents might have a tendency to gravitate towards the “academic” preschool. Isn’t this the best way to prepare a child for the school environment he will face in the future? In some parenting circles, this push for academic preschool has become extremely competitive.




Goal 1 effecting a smooth transition from the home to the school
Goal 2 helping the child to adjust to social norms
Goal 3 inculcating in the child a spirit of enquiry and creativity through the exploration of nature, and the local environment, playing with toys, artistic and musical activities.
Goal 4 teaching good habits especially good health habits.
Goals 5 teaching the child basic academic skills ( e.g teaching the rudiments of numbers, colour, shapes through play)
stimulate and encourage the development of all areas – language, physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual 38%
Develop a love for learning 30%
To nurture and develop a child who can one day confidently maneuver the world it lives in 22%
Experiences that offer each child the ability to tap in to her potential as an individual and as a contributing member of the community. 19%
Early childhood education can successfully teach self-awareness, self-control, and empathy – the three main ingredients for moral development. 16%
foster emotional development and the foundation of relationships 13%
Social Skills 11%
Responsibility for self, others, environment 10%
all of the above 9%
Cognitive development 9%
Curiosity 7%
Self confidence 7%
all of these apply to ECE and Care 6%
Creativity 6%
self esteem 6%
Support parents as first teachers in providing and provide experiences and interactions which will allow each child to develop as unique individuals ready to suceed in school and life. 5%
To support and promote families. 5%
Autonomy – to know what is true or false, right or wrong, by interacting with people and things in a child’s world 5%
to support and guide children’s explorations and promote a love of learning 5%
To provide the right experiences and environment for the child to grow up so that s/he can become a caring, committed, productive member of our society. A person who will try to make this world a better place for all who live in it. 5%

Developing a well rounded child who can eventually read well 5%
To build a foundation for future success 4%
early brain development 4%
Independence 4%
Literacy 3%
to recognize the needs of the individual child’s development and foster those areas which most need it 3%
to be socially, culturally, religiously ‘open minded’ or accepting 3%
To nurture and respect children and their families in an environment that will foster and encourage learning in all areas – emotional, social, cognitive, physical on whatever level is appropriate for the development of each individual child 3%
To provide an environment rich in play experiences promoting all areas of development 3%
attachments with other, feeling of belonging to a group being part of a group. 3%
Cooperation 3%
To enrich children’s lives, enabling them to live into the unique person they were created to be 3%
to foster critical thinking skills 3%
Why did I have to choose three 3%
Health 2%
Physical development 2%
build relationships and partner with familes 2%
Friendship 2%
Nutrition 2%
To assess a child’s social-emotional development and provide an environment/curriculum rich in experiences promoting social-emotional development to ensure school readiness. 2%
Allowing children to capture the wonder of childhood, becuase the best of each of us is the child within us 1%