Monday, 22 August 2016

Myths about Early Childhood Education

There are some common myths about early childhood education that have gained currency over the past few years. However, they cannot stand up to scrutiny, because they are what they actually are: rumors! This blog post presents for your benefit objective perspectives of early childhood education, in dismissal of false opinions.

1. Early childhood educators are babysitters

Early childhood education is a respectable profession – an extremely valuable career. It involves several years of professional training and study – not just a quick fire short-term course to get a certificate. Many early childhood educators dedicate their lives to this profession and put heart and soul into their programs or classes.

2. The tuition fee goes straight to someone’s pocketbook

Tuition fee, in truth, covers a range of different expenses such as, food, supplies, furniture, replacement, curriculum, licensing fees, marketing costs, insurance, learning activities, paper products, dishes, office and safety supplies, and more.

When a parent writes a check every time, it is payment towards the whole program and the concomitant expenses – not payment just for one person.

3. You get exactly what you pay for

One of the biggest myths about early childhood education is that “the more you pay, the better education or services does your child get”. When you buy a pair of shoes, you definitely get what you pay for. You will feel an obviously drastic difference between a-$12 shoe and a-$60 shoe.

However, when it comes to early childhood education, this is not always the case. You may end up paying a lot for an average program, or may be paying too little for a top-notch program. In fact, there are even some remarkable programs available free.

It is best to look past the money part, and evaluate the salient features of a program! In order to make a sound judgment, do some research on the excellence of teachers on the program, of the curricula they follow, and the quality of services they offer.

4. Only centers and schools provide the best childhood education programs

There are very many providers of childhood education programs with years of experience. They offer their own programs by making their own distinctive curricula. Many of them work from their homes and choose families that are the best fit for their programs. These programs provide indeed exciting alternatives for parents!

5. Men are not good for early childhood education programs

This is another common myth and very unfair on men. An early childhood education program or center that employs caring men is a great choice.

In fact, some of the most noteworthy figures in early childhood education are men: Teacher Tom of the Woodland Park Co-operative Community of Schools, Tim of Taught by Finland, to name a couple.

Men can be amazing role models for children to emulate. It is a historical fallacy that only women are best-suited early childhood education teachers.

Therefore, the next time anyone tries to propagate any one of these myths, declare that it is simply untrue.