Did you know that some of the most significant wiring of our brains occurs in our first five years of life?
According to the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC), at age three a child has approximately 1000 trillion brain connections (also known as synapses). By the time they hit adolescence the number is halved and our brains stick with around 500 trillion into adulthood.
With this huge amount of brain development occurring so early in a child’s life, the importance of quality care giving for children cannot be understated. It’s safe to say then, that child care educators play a vital role in children’s lives and shaping the future.
While we all know that genetics play a role in shaping who children become, a large part of brain development comes down to early experiences and the quality of care and relationships available to children in those first five years of life. This lays the crucial foundation for healthy development as children grow. Parents and family are obviously an enormous influence during this time of a child’s life, but don’t overlook the importance of child care educators.
Many child care educators are passionate about giving children the best start, and the science speaks for itself – child care educators really do make a difference in children’s lives! Children spend varying amounts of time in childcare and preschool facilities during their early years, but an early childhood education that provides nurturing relationships, plenty of time for play and opportunities to build resilience can help to create a bright future for a young child.
Fostering your dreams and the dreams of young children is what we believe in Selmar Early Childhood Education Institute. That’s why our child care courses are run by trainers with the experience and practical know-how to equip you to become the best child care educator possible!
Knowing just how vital those first five years of life are to children’s development and future highlights just how special child care education is – whether you’re undertaking an child care course, working as an educator or training, your role is making a difference to children’s lives every day.