The early years have a crucial influence on later development and learning. Quality early learning experiences have been found to make a difference to the future achievements of children. For children to be life-long learners, they have to be able to regulate and adapt their behaviour, emotions and thinking, to solve problems and to get along with others. These abilities are acquired when children are encouraged to explore their environment actively, to solve problems that are meaningful to them, to use language to express their needs and feelings and to work and play cooperatively with others.
Children’s early learning experiences are further enhanced by supportive teachers who provide high levels of interactions to promote critical thinking and positive attitudes towards learning.How children learn
Children’s learning is a complex process that results from the interaction of their thinking and their experiences. Children learn best when they are:
Engaged in carrying out tasks that are interesting and meaningful to them
Motivated to explore and discover for themselves
Unafraid to make mistakes
Given opportunities to solve problems through trial and error
Allowed to make their own choices