Over the years, the importance of Early Years Education (EYE) has often been downplayed. With many taking the view that education truly starts when the child begins primary school. Here at The Learning College, we believe this starts from birth, and it looks like we aren’t alone.
You may have seen in the news this year that the Princess of Wales is leading a campaign, Shaping Us, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood in shaping the adults we become.
“The campaign makes visible the vital importance of the period from conception to five years old in shaping us as human beings. As a society, we need to ensure significant investment in improving the outcomes for our children and their families in this period of a child’s life.”
Head over to the campaign website for the latest information – Shaping Us.
Early Years Practitioners
Unfortunately, even in 2023, the importance of EYE is still underestimated by many. A large percentage of the nation believes it is all about games and occupying children, rather than any form of education. However, this year, the Shaping Us campaign, alongside early years practitioners are looking to increase the understanding of early years education.
“Early childhood education and care can take many forms and is more than just preparation for primary school. It focuses on the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and well‑being.” –Nuffield Foundation
If you are interested in undertaking or enrolling one of your Early Years Educators on our course, TQUK Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator), and would like more information, please contact the team today.