Early Childhood Development Program
Early Childhood Development (Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social and Language Development)
When allowed and encouraged by adults who trust and believe in them, children are capable of some truly amazing things. Children who learn to make decisions, solve their own problems and accept responsibility for their actions become stronger individuals. Whether you think this is a good idea or not will probably relate back to what you believe to be the main purpose of childhood.
We believe that childhood is a time to learn how the world works on as many levels as possible, and to figure out how to relate to it. It is a time of self discovery.
The people who feel they can make a difference are the people who do; those who feel helpless tend to stay helpless. If we want our children to learn to be active, caring participants in the world as adults, they need to learn to do this as children first.
Realistically, a child’s power is limited by the rules of society. But there are many ways that adults can help a child experience empowerment.
BY PROVIDING PROPER GUIDANCE:
From an early age, we begin by providing children with guidance to solve their own problems, rather than taking over and solving them for them. This goes for everything from feeding, social interactions, dressing; speaking etc. They are taught to do things for themselves. This applies to children of all physical and mental abilities. We may be surprised by what our child can do; society tends to underestimate children.
BY SUPPORTING THEIR INQUISITIVENESS:
We love to answer questions honestly whenever our children have any queries. Better yet, we show them ways in which they can find their own answers. We express our feelings to them so they learn about their own feelings and discover ways to cope for themselves, and to empathize with others. We encourage them to make decisions whenever possible.
BY ALLOWING THEM TO EXPLORE VIEWPOINTS:
We allow them to make mistakes. We are always there for them when they need advice and support. We never judge them by a single situation. Rather, we encourage them to explore a variety of viewpoints. We allow them to grow and develop their own opinions and come to their own conclusions. We Keep it real and try not to indoctrinate our children to follow our own beliefs. It’s not easy, but if they are encouraged to find their own answers, they will become stronger individuals.
BY REALIZING THEIR OWN INTERESTS:
We encourage them to follow their own interests. We never impose our own interests on them. We listen to what they have to say. True listening, without any distractions, is a very difficult thing to do, but we do it for the long term benefit of our children. We are honest even if our attention falters; most people don’t mind repeating something if it means they will be heard. Children are observant and will know if we aren't listening. Even (and maybe especially) the youngest among us has profound thoughts worth hearing and considering.
BY BELIEVING IN THEM:
We trust our child. We know our child well enough to understand what he or she has to say. Adults do not necessarily know better just because they are adults. Being listened to and trusted will teach them to be trustworthy and to trust themselves.
BY PAYING RESPECT:
We treat our children with at least as much respect as we wish to receive from them so they can learn to respect others and themselves. We discuss situations in which children are disempowered with them, looking at both local and global examples. We help them learn positive ways to voice their opinions to those who are in charge.
Children with a healthy sense of empowerment are less likely to give up in life. They are less vulnerable to pressure from their peers, bullying, gangs, advertising, substance abuse, and other negative outside influences. They become independent thinkers who are better equipped to make decisions. They are more likely to become politically and socially active. They will learn both how to listen and how to be heard.
In knowing and respecting themselves, we believe that they will have a solid base from which they grow as matured human beings. It’s said that THE CHILD SHOWS THE MAN AS THE MORNING SHOWS THE DAY.