How Important Is A Child’s Formative Years?

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Changes in children during the formative years are remarkably dramatic and fast pace.  The changes which include motor, language, cognitive, social, and emotional developments are unmatched in any other human developmental stages. A child’s behavior during these years, from birth to 8 years old, is an essential bit and parcel to his entire development.  The formative years have the most critical moments which could either make or break a child.  According to UNICEF and other studies, 90 percent of brain development occurs during these years; and that 85 percent of a person’s personality is developed during his formative years. A child’s academic achievement later on in life is gauged by the quality of relationships built through interaction, engagement, and support between the child and parent or caregiver during his early childhood.

Nowadays, since children are starting school at a very early age, school teachers and staff are among the significant people who play an important role in their future’s success. Choosing a school with quality preschool program, like preschool in Katy, TX  is therefore of an utmost importance. Below is a list of pre-requisites parents should consider before choosing a preschool.

  • Teachers and staff  with the right qualifications and training for the job, for example, a degree in Education or Child Psychology.  A teacher with a degree in Engineering, Accountancy, and the likes may be very good for tertiary level, but never for preschool. Preschool teachers must have a strong background about the nature of learning and the learners, and must be trained in how to impart knowledge to young kids.
  • A comprehensive curriculum that gives emphasis to all facets of learning like Cognitive which includes the major subjects like Mathematics, Sciences, Language and Literature, Humanities; Psychomotor like Physical Education, Dance and Music, Design and Technology ; Affective like Life Skills subject, play time, extracurricular and outdoor activities.
  • School facilities – spacious, well-ventilated and learning conducive classrooms, safe, padded indoor playroom, outdoor playground, library, laboratory, computer room, clean kitchen or canteen.
  • An overall child-friendly atmosphere


How important is a child’s formative years?


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26 thoughts on “How Important Is A Child’s Formative Years?

    1. This neglect is a consequence of putting more importance to higher education. Unless private schools and the government realize the importance of formative years and alot time and funds, this “neglect” will remain.

  1. I agree with all of these since it’s important for a child to be learned the right way but it also comes with the learning environment too! The list you’ve made is so familiar since I’m also an Education student too and they’re all correct! 😀

  2. As a parent I know how important it is that I am being there as much as I can even if I am working, I tried to balance my work and being a mom during their formative years. When my two older kids were in that stage I enrolled them in a private pre-school which I know could hone their potential better which I could not give when I am at work.

  3. The formative years of a child are of utmost importance. That is why they should get the best schooling and care at that age.

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