Early childhood is one of the most important stages in our lives. The foundations for our future social skills are laid during the all-important first three years.
The day-care services have a big role in children’s social development. But being in a group does not automatically enhance children’s social skills, especially since thrusting children into group situations too early might even hinder their social development.
What experiences are helpful to a child’s development? Is it important for a toddler to be able to hold one’s own? Or cope in a group situation? To be able to solve social problems? What are the expected social skills of three-year-olds and under?
This book is written for parents of young children and for those who work with children. It also gives a starting point for the political discussion on the importance of social development in early childhood and the parameters that should guide all day-care professionals. By providing high level day-care service for children, we invest directly in the well-being of our society and our social equity.