So, you are all excited about enrolling your precious offspring into his first learning centre for a bright future. Brochures and flyers at hand, you find yourself nothing short of confused, bewildered even with all the abbreviations and vocabulary jargons in practically every other sentence. What on earth do they mean?\r\n\r\nHow are these terms relevant to you, and how would you know what you\u2019re looking for in your kid\u2019s early education and development if you cannot comprehend the meanings of these terms?\u00a0 Just for your clarification, we have listed some of the most-used terms and jargons so that you may be more equipped to make some well-informed choices when determining which early learning centre to enrol your child.\r\n\r\n \tAffective Development - The area of a child\u2019s development that refers to personality, emotions, making friends, social skills and the child\u2019s perception of their own self.\r\n \tAssimilation - Proposed by a theorist called Jean Piaget, this is a term used in early childhood theory to describe how a new idea or concept fitted into what a child already knows or thinks\r\n \tAssessment\u00a0 (as in Child Assessment) -\u00a0 \u00a0Information that is gathered to make an appraisal of a child or judgment about the child\u2019s development, abilities or needs.\r\n \tAttachment\u00a0 - A long-standing emotional tie. The key signs of attachment between a child and an adult are when you move away the child looks at you; The child moves toward you when returning after separation; The child goes to you for comfort; When you are present the child feels safe and begins to gain confidence to look around, explore, and leave your side to play with other children or to explore objects and their environment.\r\n \tCentre - A licensed and regulated facility for children up to 6 years of age that include: kindergarten, childcare, daycare, language centre, early learning centre, nursery school and Montessori.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tCo-construction - This refers to learning together and acknowledging that the child can have expertise. Co-construction is about the child\u2019s knowledge and understanding being considered and treated as valid by the adult (while the adult is willing to share and develop their own thinking.)\r\n \tCognitive Development - Also known as intellectual development. The word \u201ccognitive\u201d is about the intellectual mind, and how it works \u2013 how knowledge is learnt and the way knowledge is used.\r\n \tConsonant - All the letters of the alphabet except a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y.\r\n \tDay Nurseries - Mostly private care- providers, offering care for children from 0-5 years. Children are cared for in age groups and take part in a wide range of group activities. Day nurseries have fixed opening times, and most are open all year round, excluding weekends and public holidays.\r\n \tDevelopment - Physical and mental growth and other changes that occur to a child as a result of natural maturation or by learning or both maturation and learning.\r\n\r\nMore...\r\n\r\n \tEarly Childhood Education - A process whereby young children learn and develop knowledge, skills, and understanding. The term is used as a phrase to describe all licensed and regulated early childhood services\r\n \tEgocentrism - Not having the ability to see things from another person\u2019s perspective, or not realizing that others\u2019 viewpoints can differ from one\u2019s own.\r\n \tEmotional, Behavioural and Social Difficulties - This describes a child whose behavior hampers his\/her educational progress and is persistent over a significant period of time.\r\n \tESAL - English Spoken as a Second Language. A person is ESAL when a language other than English is the primary one used to communicate.\r\n \tGifted - A child or children with advanced ability or skill in comparison to other children of the same age or when a child has a particular talent or skill such as in mathematical thinking or art\r\n \tGroup size - The specific number of children grouped together within a centre who interact with the same teacher\/teachers in an assigned space or classroom\r\n \tGuided Participation - When a young child or young children are guided to learn what is needed to be learnt to be part of a playgroup.\r\n \tLicense size - The total number of children a centre can have on the premise for the purpose of care and education at any one time, or the total number of children a home-based scheme\/agency can have across different home-educator sites\/homes.\r\n \tMetacognition - This is an important term that is not well understood. It means thinking about cognition. Thinking about one\u2019s own mind, one\u2019s knowledge, how it is organised, and what one has learnt.\r\n \tMotor Development - Also known as motor skill development is about how a child develops physical skills in using his\/her body and body parts.\r\n \tMotor Skills - There are two broad types of motor skills that young children develop \u2013 fine motor skills using the smaller muscles, for example, doing up buttons on a cardigan \u2013 and gross motor skills.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \tNQT -Newly Qualified Teacher - A teacher who has just been awarded qualified teacher status.\r\n \tOutcomes - Changes in a child\u2019s skills, ability, attitudes, behaviour, understanding and knowledge that are expected as a result of attending an early childhood program or receiving services, or being exposed to particular experiences or equipment\/toys.\r\n \tPedagogy - It is all that is involved in teaching and in learning.\u00a0 Therefore it\u2019s about more than just teaching or what the teacher does. The term includes the processes through which the child\u2019s learning is facilitated and the adults' assumptions about the nature of the child\u2019s learning.\r\n \tPeers - Other kids who are the same age or may be of the same developmental level. They are not necessarily friends.\r\n \tPreschoolers - Children between the ages of 3 and up until 5 or 6 years of age when they start primary school.\r\n \tPrivate Early Childhood Service - A centre or home-based licensed and regulated service that is owned and managed by an individual, family, business partners, company or corporation. Such services may be owner-supervised where the owner works daily within the service as a member of the staff and thus has a personal commitment to the other staff, children and families at the service.\r\n \tQualified Teacher - One who has successfully completed his or her early education or play-centre training courses.\r\n \tRead at Home - One on One time listening to your child read out loud to you. Reading material can be a book your child picks out or one from school, a magazine, newspaper, etc. The idea is for your child to practice reading at home with a grown-up or older sibling.\r\n\r\nAnd More...!\r\n\r\n \tSpecific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) - A specific rather than a general learning difficulty.\u00a0 For example, dyslexia or dyspraxia.\r\n \tSpeech & Language Therapy - Speech and language therapists help children and adults with speech, language and communication difficulties.\r\n \tTA - Teaching Assistant - A person that provides extra help for students in the classroom.\r\n \tToddler - In research, this generally describes a one to a three-year-old child. However, in practice, the descriptor of \u2018toddler\u2019 is often applied to an infant who begins to walk independently. For example, it may be at ten months or 18 months.\r\n \tScaffolding - Unlike the kind in construction sites, scaffolding in terms of early education and development means adults\u2019 support of a child\u2019s efforts. A process of graduated assistance that helps to raise the level at which the child is capable of working.\r\n\r\nNow you have a list of the vocabulary jargons for your future use. Stock up on your baby items at Motherhood.com.my today!