GENERAL GOAL AND PERCENTAGE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION by Odetola Ebenezer

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.

 

 

GENERAL PURPOSE IN NIGERIA EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN NIGERIA 

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)
SAPA (1993) RECOMMENDATION.
GENERAL GOAL AND PERCENTAGE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
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%