Frequently Asked Questions
How does early childhood education really affect my young child?
The first six years of life are truly the miracle years. Research shows that it is the time of greatest human development:
Nonprofessional childcare is cited to be a possible cause of inadequate development. This is often due time spent in a poorly stimulating curriculum, lack of sufficient social interaction, and restrictive or inadequate environments (e.g. basements).
- According to research, children gain seventy-five percent (75%) of their knowledge before the age of three. Development linked to vision, emotional control, language and symbol cognition is complete by age three.
- Early interactions don’t just create context—they directly affect the way our brain develops.
- Early experiences have a decisive impact on brain architecture and on the nature and extent of adult capacities.
- Brain development is non-linear and there are prime times for acquiring different kinds of knowledge and skills. The years from birth to six present a large part of this ‘prime time.’
How we care for our children in their earliest years has a lasting impact on their futures. These years are pivotal in the development of a child's ability to learn to create, communicate, trust, and develop positive self-esteem. Why not give importance to a time in children’s lives which research indicates is most critical for their development? Choose childcare that can offer your child the high quality early childhood education and care he/she deserves in these essential learning years.
What is the difference between a daycare and a Montessori?
Montessori based childcare is different from common daycares or play based centres. Daycares are generally for the purpose of caring for or watching children on an all day basis. Despite a creative daily program that may be followed, most play based centres may not be able to offer a sufficient level of early childhood education and stimulation required for complete development and preparation for future school years.
The goal of Montessori early childhood education is to offer a distinctly child-centered approach in an exciting and stimulating learning environment where each child can discover and develop his or her unique talents and possibilities. Children are encouraged to explore, investigate and fulfill their natural curiosity about the world around them. It is a special cycle of learning designed to promote comprehensive development during a child's most significant early years. When equipped with a strong foundation, children gain self confidence and are well prepared for future learning years inspiring a lifetime of discovery.
What makes Little Scholars Montessori special?
Over the past years, LSM centres have gained the trust of hundreds of parents by providing distinctive childcare and early childhood education to our community. Our stellar reputation has resulted in the yearly growth of our centres. It is our carefully designed environments, our distinctive learning materials, and our commitment to promote a love of learning that sets LSM apart from common daycares. At LSM, we do not wish to simply provide childcare. We work to develop culturally literate children; nurturing every fragile spark of curiosity, creativity and intelligence. At LSM, we are passionate towards childcare. Our team of professionals is committed to ensuring your child gets the best combination of early childhood education and nurturing care he/she deserves during what we feel are the most important years of life.
What are the benefits of early social interaction?
It is important to ensure that young children obtain a balance of academic learning and social interaction. In young children their academic achievement is their ability to socialize and if one does not learn to develop a healthy self - esteem at an early age it can be difficult to make friends or to socialize positively. When children participate in social activities, they learn new skills and become more self-confident. Learning social skills like cooperation, negotiation, and conflict resolutions at a young age will help them interact appropriately with others - a skill valuable in all aspects of life.