Preschool Nursery Children and the effects of COVID19
Pre-school Nursery Children and Babies are unlikely to be seriously ill with Coronavirus, studies say. However it would appear that the pandemic is taking a toll on our children in other ways.
The closure of Schools
Preschool Nurseries and Schools are places where children develop. They thrive within a structured learning environment. Not only are pre-school nurseries and schools a vital part of a child’s education, it’s where they socialize, learn key life skills and for some, it can be a safe haven from a troubled family life.
It is also said that the closure of schools and pre-schools (or Private Day Nurseries like Abbey Wood Grange) has played a huge part in children being isolated, feeling lonely and some even suffering from sleep problems due to reduced activity. Is it any wonder when everyone is trying to stay home and stay safe?
The Covid 19 pandemic has already put an enormous pressure on parents to try and replicate school life due to home schooling. None of us want our children to suffer. Sadly, with rising levels of unemployment and financial insecurity though there is a strain on home life across the country, leaving a lot of parents blaming themselves.
It’s important to remember that these are very strange times. Times that none of us could possibly have planned for and that we are all doing the best we can regardless of the unforeseen circumstances we find ourselves in.
Pre-school baby development
Research shows that the first 2-3 years of a baby’s life are the most crucial for their development. But the global pandemic has meant that babies aren’t getting the stimulation that pre-school nurseries and private day care nurseries can provide.
Parents and their babies have been robbed of the ability to meet other parents and babies at social groups. Baby classes have been cancelled and whilst some can still go ahead thanks to the incredible technology we have at our fingertips; it isn’t surprising to hear how many babies perhaps aren’t reaching those all-important milestones that they usually would when mixing with other children, in real life!
Children’s development, education and routines have changed in so many ways. None of us are experts, but you know your child like no one else. They look up to you, love to please and more importantly love to be praised. The most important thing is that you and your child are safe and well. We can only cherish these moments and make the most of the time we have been given.
Unsurprisingly, there are clear signs that the upheaval of our pre-school and school children’s lives is having an impact on their mental health.
With increasing rates of mental health issues and concerns about the rising levels of abuse and neglect, along with potential harm being done to the development of younger babies, the pandemic threatens to have devastating effects in the long term for the nation’s children.
The governments across the UK, of course, maintain they have prioritised children. Investment has been made in mental health services and schools and pre-school nurseries are being prioritised as the first things to open once lockdown eases/ starts to lift.