Importance of Structure in Young Children – A Kingsley Perspective

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Dear parents,

What comes to mind when you come across the word “structured environment”?

Girl, do this!
Boy, Do that!
No, that’s wrong!

For many, the word “structured” is often associated with rigidity, thus, tied to negative connotations. Since the establishment of Kingsley in 2011, we have spoken with thousands of parents and understand why many may feel this way. However, structure is one of the most crucial aspects of development for a growing child, whether it’s within them or the environment that they learn in.

Read on to find out more about how Kingsley instil discipline in our students, readying them to face the 21st century.

The facade of Kingsley International School, with Kingsley Hill in the background.

Discover Excellence at Maple Leaf Kingsley International School

At Kingsley, we underscore the pivotal role of quality preschool education in each child’s development. Our commitment to a holistic learning experience, driven by the Cambridge Curriculum, ensures that our students receive a well-rounded education that nurtures their intellectual, emotional, and social growth. Our dedicated and passionate teachers provide genuine care, creating a nurturing environment where young minds can flourish. With a reputation for excellence, Maple Leaf Kingsley stands as a beacon of early childhood education, preparing children for a bright and successful future.

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference – Aristotle (Philosopher and polymath)

Teamwork makes the dream work! Two preschool children from Kingsley International School are holding a pool noodle as a third student jumps over it for a fun game during the annual Sports Day.
It’s not all just fun and games at Kingsley! Socialisation builds strong bonds and good habits such as teamwork.

Life is full of surprises. Some can be delightful, while others are more of a challenge.
One does not run the great distance of life by being perfect. Instead, consistency is more important than perfection. And these habitual practises are instilled at youth. Structured learning environments in high-quality preschools lay the foundation for a child’s academic success and overall development, significantly influencing their educational journey and personal growth throughout their schooling years. At Kingsley, we recognise the vital role of structure in nurturing young minds and shaping their future.

The Importance of Structure in Children's Lives

Structure is essential in children’s lives as it provides them with a sense of order and predictability. This sense of order is fundamental in helping children feel secure and confident in their environment. Moreover, structure plays a critical role in instilling discipline, a key factor in personal development and future success.

Discipline is helping a child solve a problem. Punishment is making a child suffer for having a problem
LR Knost (International Author, Independent Child Development Researcher)

The Benefits of Growing Up with Discipline

1. Establishing Boundaries: Clear boundaries help children understand limits and expectations, which is crucial for their safety and well-being. Boundaries provide a framework within which children can explore and learn while feeling secure. As Robert A. Heinlein wisely said, “Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.” Setting boundaries teaches children to navigate challenges and develop resilience.

2. Promoting Responsibility: Discipline encourages children to take responsibility for their actions. By understanding the consequences of their choices, children learn accountability. This sense of responsibility is essential for developing independence and self-reliance, qualities that are vital for success in all areas of life.

A group of children are playing and interacting with a teacher in the pool at Kingsley International School.

3. Building Self-Regulation: Self-regulation is the ability to manage one’s emotions, behaviour, and impulses. Structured environments help children practise self-control and patience. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment,” as stated by an accomplished entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Through disciplined routines, children learn to delay gratification and work towards long-term objectives.

4. Fostering Respect: At Kingsley, we believe that respect is key to building meaningful relationships. We do not view children as below our rank; instead, we treat them with the same amount of basic respect. This approach fosters mutual respect between children and adults, encouraging a positive and collaborative learning environment. Dr. Jane Nelson, a renowned child psychologist, emphasises, “Children will listen to you after they feel listened to.”

5. Supporting Long-term Success: Discipline lays the groundwork for future achievements. Children who grow up with a strong sense of discipline are better equipped to face academic challenges, pursue their goals, and succeed in their careers. Moreover, disciplined individuals often exhibit higher levels of perseverance and resilience, enabling them to overcome obstacles and achieve their aspirations.

Each aforementioned benefit contributes to shaping the child’s critical thinking. Its value is paramount to navigating the uncertainties of the future. Hence, parents must understand the conscious effort we put in curating the schedule of our children – we do not teach our children to mindlessly carry out tasks, but to understand the processes that must be followed to help children navigate in society.

Children from diverse backgrounds come together to study.

Nurturing Respect and Kindness in Education

At Kingsley, respect and kindness are the cornerstones of our philosophy. We believe that every child deserves to be treated with dignity and empathy. “Kindness has the power to make the world a beautiful place,” a timeless piece of wisdom, underscores our commitment to creating a nurturing and inclusive environment. By treating children with respect and kindness, we empower them to develop positive relationships and contribute to a compassionate community.

For discerning parents, each child—whether your first or one of many—is a precious gift, full of surprises. As you nurture your child through the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, remember that they have as much to teach you as you have to teach them.

Our Early Years Development (EYD) educators often remark that children keep us on our toes with their out-of-the-box thinking. While we acknowledge that perfection is an ongoing journey, our extensive experience in early childhood education is invaluable. The importance of structure in young children’s lives cannot be overstated.

At Kingsley, our commitment to providing a structured, respectful, and kind educational environment is at the heart of everything we do. By fostering discipline, responsibility, self-regulation, and respect, we help children build a strong foundation for lifelong success. As we continue to support the holistic development of our students, we remain dedicated to nurturing the leaders, thinkers, and innovators of tomorrow.

We invite you to speak with any of our friendly administrators to learn more about the Kingsley way of fostering young minds. Join us in a partnership where your child’s growth and learning are at the forefront.