INVESTING IN EARLY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Future Nation Schools is investing in early human development because it brings benefits such as enthusiasm for education, communication skills, ability to interact with others and so much more. Children are trained at a young age to be receptive to education and to have more capabilities. Quality early learning and development programs for can foster valuable skills, strengthen our future workforce, grow our economy and reduce social spending. Here’s how: We believe in giving all children an equal chance of success at the beginning of their formal school career by levelling the playing field early on, through early intervention. We achieve results through doing a school readiness assessment and addressing gaps in knowledge and ability. Giving children the opportunity to perform in school begins long before a child enters Grade R or 1. It is difficult and costly to provide the correct form of intervention when a student is already of school-going age and therefore Future Nation Schools believe in taking a proactive approach to cognitive and social skill development through investments in quality early childhood programs is more effective and economically efficient than trying to close the gap later on. Here is a list of some of the benefits children receive from learning through play at Future Nation Schools: Physical Active play is vital for all children’s physical development. By playing, children get to hone their coordination, balance, gross-motor skills such as large movements like crawling, walking or skipping and fine-motor skills such as smaller movements like picking objects up with their hands or fingers. Emotional By engaging in play, children learn to cope with and understand their emotions as they act out fear, frustration, anger and aggression in a situation that they control. It’s also a chance for them to practice empathy and understanding of others or various situations. Social By playing with others, children get the opportunity to figure out how to negotiate group dynamics. It also assists them in learning how to collaborate, compromise and share with others, recognise and respond to others’ feelings, shows affection, resolves conflicts, and follow rules that have been put in place by a teacher or parent. In turn, these important early lessons help children understand the roles and rules of society! Cognitive One of the best ways to stimulate brain development and showing the importance of certain skills such as paying attention, reasoning, remembering things they’ve learned, and motor skills, is by playing with your child as they explore objects and physical spaces. Communication By playing with others, children learn the art of communication, which is still something adults try to master years into adulthood. They come to recognise facial expressions and body language. They learn how to start and hold a conversation as well as how to express their thoughts and feelings in a way that won’t cause problems. Creative By allowing children to play creatively, they get a chance to let their imaginations run wild and create worlds of their own that they have control over. Children love playing make-believe and it is great for their development. This prepares them for independence. When play is allowed to be child-driven and not forced or managed continuously, children are able to practice decision-making skills, move as well as learn at their own pace and can discover their own areas of interest. Yes, quality early childhood education is expensive, but we pay a far higher cost in ignoring its value or betting on the cheap. Closing disparities in education requires addressing all these shortcomings which Future Nation Pre-schools are geared up to do. As long as the performance gap remains so wide, formal education cannot do its job of levelling the playing field of opportunity for all children in South Africa. About Future Nations Schools Future Nation Schools (Pty) Ltd is a 100% owned subsidiary of the Sifiso Learning Group, that seeks to drive the African education revolution. Future Nation Schools have a distinctive educational model through effective and innovative instructional practices in a global context using an experiential learning approach through Project Based Learning; a curriculum, that includes a focus on Coding, African Studies as well as Leadership and Entrepreneurship, that develops learners’ ability to work independently while using learning technology. Future Nations Schools currently have three campuses in Gauteng (Lyndhurst, Fleurhof and Randburg). 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