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Why is Early Childhood Development Important?

Early childhood development begins at birth and lays the foundation for managing skills and behaviour throughout our lives.

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Early childhood represents the period between birth and the age of five. Cognitive development during early childhood begins when a child is born and refers to building skills like numeracy and vocabulary, pre-reading and language. 

Early childhood development represents the foundation for the children’s entire future. Interacting with their environments shapes their brains, and their childhood experiences impact their behaviour, learning ability and potential, mental, emotional and physical health, and their capacity to manage conflicts and bounce back from adversity throughout life.

What Happens During Early Childhood?

In the first five years of life, more than one million neurons are created each second, enabling children to learn more than at any other point.

By the time babies understand or speak their first words, they already know the particular sounds of their native language, which sounds to combine for creating words, as well as the tempo and rhythm of words. This is why children in their early years can learn more languages, unlike adults who experience difficulties doing the same thing. Experiences that affect brain development include vision, sound, smell, touch, food, thoughts, injury, disease and other factors.

The brain develops differently depending on what happens during these years: poor-quality experiences and adverse conditions prevent children from reaching their full potential. Children need to strive, and they can by providing them safety and protection from harm, health care and nutrition, opportunities for learning through talking, singing and playing, and a loving environment. When all these requirements are satisfied, their brains and bodies develop harmoniously, turning children into healthy, educated, responsible and contributing members of society.

So why is early childhood development important?

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It builds the foundation for children’s entire lives

The attention, support, understanding and love we provide children during their first years represent the foundation of their life. They will enable children to build healthy relationships with others and have an optimistic view of life. The first relationships children develop are those with their parents. If these relationships are healthy and supportive, they will influence all the relationships they will create throughout life.

Early childhood development helps develop and practice resilience

Managing one’s behaviour in challenging circumstances is one of the most valuable tools for having a fulfilled life. Resilience or bouncing back from adversity is a skill that can be developed from early childhood by creating a secure and socially-fair environment with clear expectations and predictable consequences. Early learning centres, kindergartens and other types of child care centres are environments in which children will encounter challenging situations at times: arguments with other children, rules they do not wish to obey, accidents in the playground, losing a game, other children not liking them or missing their parents. Resilience helps children manage these difficulties and prepares them for coping with or overcoming challenges later in life.

It impacts their emotional and social development

Emotional and social development is the process that helps us acquire the skills we need for creating and maintaining relationships, have a positive feeling about ourselves and be functional members of society. These skills include communication, cooperation, recognising and managing own emotions and the emotions of others and regulating own behaviour.

Babies cannot talk. However, they detect their caregiver’s emotions using their senses and emotions. This is how they know when we are sad or upset and will imitate that feeling or emotion. It enables them to become more and more aware of the fact that there are several emotions they can experience. The more positive the emotions in their environment, the easier it is to develop a healthy emotional and social life.

Early childhood development enables them to develop and maintain self-confidence

Children gain self-confidence with each new skill mastered, each “small victory”, and each overcoming of challenges encountered. This self-confidence gained during early childhood development helps them have a positive perspective about themselves and enables them to keep trying until they succeed instead of getting discouraged after a first failed attempt. Praising children for their efforts and accomplishments nurtures a sense of well-being. This includes seeing themselves as “achievers”, exploring new talents, taking on new interests, acquiring new skills, feeling good about themselves and maintaining self-confidence throughout their lives.

It develops a passion for learning and favours school success

A child’s brain is like a sponge: it loves to learn new things. You can use this to instil in your child a passion for learning by making this process engaging, exciting, fun and catchy. Since children are curious about everything, encouraging them to learn will not be difficult, you need to find the learning tools that work best for them. Learning from an early age favours success at school. By the time they go to school, children will be familiarised with academic notions like vocabulary and numeracy, master the skill of active listening and staying concentrated on a task until it’s finished, be “trained” in not giving up when not succeeding from the first attempt and possess the skill of regulating their behaviour, paramount in organised communities like school.

Early childhood development helps them gain and practice patience

Patience is a valuable quality both in childhood and adult life, as it can sometimes make the difference between reaching and missing an objective. For children, patience is one of the most challenging things to do, as their curiosity and nature make it hard to wait. Exposure to social environments and interactions like those met in playgrounds or early learning centres helps them understand the concept of “patience” and its utility. Patience also involves self-regulating behaviour, as it requires postponing something children want, like a toy another child is playing with or waiting for their turn.

It lays the foundation for a good physical health

Teaching small children to brush their teeth correctly, wash their hands and generally keep proper personal hygiene enables them to maintain good health throughout life, stay out of the doctor’s office and take an interest in learning more about preserving or improving their health.

Early childhood development is crucial to leading a healthy, educated, and fulfilled life. Providing the best tools for leading such a life is a process that starts in childhood, at home, in the early learning centres and in all the environments in which children interact and learn from other children and adults.

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Our Early Learning Centres

Our early childhood centre environments strongly reflects our inspiration – The Reggio Emilia philosophy, from Reggio Emilia, Italy.

We provide a creative and open ended environment that encourages infinite learning for the children and strong relationships between teachers, children and families.

The day’s routines are flexible. At the same time, care is taken to recognise and respect each child’s needs.

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Why Choose a Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre?

Here's what our parents say about our childcare centres

Come and visit one of our childcare centres and see for yourself why your child will love it

Talk to the Centre Manager, meet the team, see the natural outdoor play areas and educational rooms, learn about how we develop our programs and find out more about our unique approach to partnering with our families.

Our latest parent reviews from Google

Tanya Vester
Tanya Vester
Our sons attended Bright beginnings early leaning Centre and absolutely loved it. They attended Manuka and Kowhai rooms, and later also Pohutukawa room. The teachers in all three rooms were just SO lovely, caring, attentive and supported their learning journeys and communicated the children’s achievements with us. We are so thankful for the time our kids were able to spend there, and the kids made great memories for life. We highly recommend BBELC to anyone looking for a child care center. We had to leave due to moving overseas and will miss BBELC so much!!!
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
"I don't think I can express in words the gratitude I feel towards you all. My child, Amrin have learnt so much in your care that will stay with her for life. I believe their fondest memories of childhood will include many of you - I truly hope you are all extremely proud your efforts with our children. Thank you for all the wonderful support and care you have given to my daughter. This Centre is a very special place and she has grown so much in your nurturing, inspiring and challenging environment. You are really helping her to prepare for her school foundation." Actually, this is a second home for Amrin, she started her journey from BBELC, Auckland and will leave for school from here. Thanks to all the teachers, If I start typing the names, the list will be so long. In last especially I should not forget Nikita, who is so understanding and caring towards kids as well as families. Thank you with much love."
Anaru Pui
Anaru Pui
We've had our daughter Waikohu pui in the center for over 1 year now And she has Developed into such a beautiful kind person and has gained some great life skills and experiences thank you to all the teachers for there support and care with our baby girl making life alot easier knowing shes getting great education and Aroha (Love) from all the teachers at her Kura ( school ) thanks again ❤️ from the Pui whanau
Jagroop Kaur
Jagroop Kaur
Teachers are very kind and patient. Also they encourage children to learn in different indoor and outdoor activities. I am so pleased in POHUTUKAWA room the teacher do the school transition program, which is really helpful to the kids enter the primary school in the future. Thanks all teacher who support VIRASAT and other kids there quite well.
anne dela cruz
anne dela cruz
We have been with BBELC Hamilton since 2020 during the peak of pandemic and I never doubted to bring my children here knowing that they are on a safe place and the team are all aware of the best health and safety plan to ensure that everyone in the centre are safe. The centre is the BEST for me in terms of CLEANLINESS (the place os very tidy), SAFETY OF CHILDREN (only parents/caregivers can enter the premises on their pin coded door), FRIENDLY STAFF (you will be greeted by a very friendly receptionist, you can talk to the teachers about your concern with your child), OPEN DOOR POLICY (Manager’s door is open all times for parents for any concern or question), NUTRICIOUS FOOD for our kids, SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM (table activities, book reading, sharing with others, simple literacy), MAT TIME IS THE BEST as the kids learn to socialize, listen to teachers, story telling, yoga, dance time, music time,etc. and they also held PARENTS TIME where we can chat with the teacher about our kids, meet other parents, share experiences and strategies, parents gets treat and gift on special occasion like mother’s day and father’s day that will definitely make your day as a parent. And lastly for few years now, my kids have enjoyed their Christmas party where they get gift and enjoy bouncy castle, it’s simple but the experience and memories will be lifetime. THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF AND TEACHERS OF BBELC Hamilton! KUDOS TO ALL YOUR HARDWORK AND DEDICATION. CHEERS TO MANY MORE YEARS OF SUCCESS! - DELA CRUZ Family ( Robb and Reuben)
I love BBELC and my child love it too. As parents ,my husband and I deeply appreciate the staff being friendly ,kind ,patient ,role models and caring .The educators work well with parents to achieve the children’s developmental goals , the manager Leonie and Teachers Mari, Kathryn, Summer and Emma really care about the children and very welcoming. The childcare is secure and this gives us peace of mind in knowing that our little ones are in good hands and safe . The classrooms are clean and nicely decorated. I highly recommend sending your child to this center. It’s become our second home.
BBELC is an awesome environment for my daughter to learn and grow through different types of activities. All the staffs are friendly, supportive and helpful. Highly recommended to all.
Neda Bolouri
Neda Bolouri
A safe, happy and caring place for our children.
Norvega Bantang
Norvega Bantang
Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre - Hamilton is like a second home to my 2 little girls. They are very supportive of the children’s early learning and individual development. The rooms are spacious, warm and cozy and provide different kinds of resources for the children to explore. My girls are always excited to go to kindy every morning. Since I have also recently become part of this centre, it’s good to know and see for myself how things work in the centre and how very passionate the staff are in looking after every child like they are family. As a parent, it gives me the peace of mind that my children are in good hands and are well taken cared of. Definitely made the right decision to enroll our children here.
Diana Villa-Ignacio
Diana Villa-Ignacio
BBELC is a wonderful centre which caters to quality care and learning of children. We take pride in our relationship with parents , whanau and children having positive environment, open communication, flexibility, catering to children needs and working alongside parent's aspiration for their children. Feel free to come and see our Hamilton centre. We will be happy to show you around and be part of our Bright Beginnings Family.

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