Why we believe social skills are as important as academics.

Parents of children tend to worry a lot about whether or not they are making adequate progress as they launch into their school years.

"Can Johnny read the list of words?"

"Does Milly know how to count to 100?"

"What reading book is your child on?"

While early education creates an important foundation for academic skills, many parents would be surprised to know that social skills are actually far more predictive of outcomes into adulthood than early academics. At The Old School House we have a strong belief that we prepare children for life - not school and those social skills that are developed from an early age allow the children to continue to be competant learners in the future.

Here are four important social competencies our Early Years Educators encourage in children attending our setting.

1. How to play well with others

Play is a powerful thing for development in the early years. By playing with others, children learn to negotiate, problem solve, take turns, share and experiment.

While structured things like dance class, and sports clubs may have their own value, We understand children need plenty of time engaging in unstructured play with other children, where they may be supervised—but not instructed—by the adults around them.

2. How to problem-solve