The Role Of Parents In Early Childhood Learning


Early learning has been shown to prepare young children better for primary school. Preschool also has demonstrable benefits on a child’s development later in life. As early childhood education becomes more affordable and available to parents, a higher standard of pre-school development is achieved.  However, parents still have an essential role to play to ensure proper early childhood development in their children. How parents engage with their kids and push them to achieve academically, socially and emotionally plays a large impact on who their children become.

Children who are aged between 0 and 5 are still forming synaptic networks in the brain. During this time, children are particularly receptive to human contact. When positively stimulated in this period by their parents, young children tend to perform better than their peers. Research has shown that children with a positive home learning environment are more likely to complete their schooling, are less likely to become involved with crime and are more likely to lead healthier lives than those without.

Parents need to be responsive to their children’s needs. They need to provide diverse verbal dialogue with their children and facilitate development of coping mechanisms. By maintaining and growing a child’s interests, parents provide the range of support needed for multiple aspects of a child’s learning.

Responsive parenting also teaches children to foster coping mechanisms for times of stress and novelty. Taught cognitive responses to periods of trouble or elation can make a huge impact on children’s confidence later in life.

Sensitive support must also be shown to advance a child’s emotional development. Acceptance of a child’s interests with responses that are prompt and aligned with what the child is communicating supports learning. With repeated positive experiences, the child learns to trust the parent. Trust once learnt can be applied to other experiences the child has during the completion of their education.

Sensitive support learning promotes a child’s sustained engagement in learning exercises with his or her parent. Parental behaviour communicate interest and acceptance. These foster self regulation and cooperation, which are both very valuable skills later in life.

Parents in a home environment need to match their behaviours to their children to show support and demonstrate solidarity. They should factor in children’s personal beliefs in all areas of dialogue to ensure kids have a voice at preschool. Social support must be given so that children feel accepted by their peer group. Home outcomes and school outcomes should be consistent: children should feel valued, appreciated and heard. They should be safe and secure and look forward to a bright future.

From a sociocultural perspective, responsive behaviours are seen to develop higher levels of thinking. Sensitive behaviours, on the other hand teach children to assume responsibility. Both of these in tandem are qualities that comprise an effective parental strategy which supports early childhood learning. 

WillowBee Early Learning Centre is taking enrolments for next year, so call us today on (02) 9417 5701 for a chat about your child’s preschool needs. If you have any questions about our preschool, curriculum or dialogue with parents, feel free to ask our friendly team when you call. We are available Monday to Friday, 7:30am-6:30pm and eagerly look forward to receiving your call.