THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESCHOOL EDUCATION IN A CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT

I. Aptarashvili1, N. Alelishvili2, T. Darsavelidze3

1Tbilisi State University & Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia (GEORGIA)
2Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia (GEORGIA)
3National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement (GEORGIA)
In modern educational environment great attention is paid to the influence of the preschool and early education on a child's academic achievement and a personal development. Accordingly, the goal of our study is to determine the importance of preschool education in a child’s development. In particular, in our study we will present the following main issues:

- What is the predictive value of early education for a child's development?
- What is the importance of the preschool institutions’ physical environment for a child's development?
- What is an impact of preschool institution's educational program on different areas (physical, cognitive, social-emotional) of a child’s development (represented in comparative analysis of the traditional child gardens and alternative preschool institutions);

1,500 children of preschool age and 1,500 parents were involved in this study. An observational method was used to assess a child’s development areas, and for additional information, parents’ survey was made.