How young should tots socialise?

How young should we encourage tots to socialise?

New research suggests that parents are confused about what age their children need to start building up their confidence through socialisation. A whopping 72% of parents are not aware that confidence development begins before the age of 5.

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The study of 2,000 UK parents by Diddi Dance, a pre school dance class, revealed that 4 in 10 (38%) do not feel it is their responsibility to ensure their child is socialising the appropriate amount, with a third feeling it is down to nurseries (34%), and a quarter believing that pre-school programmes should hold the responsibility.

65% of those parents asked did not feel that this time spent with adults is as important as the amount of time their child socialises with other children, despite 43% acknowledging that children socialising with adults is important to their mental development.

The study did uncover that parents often place more emphasis on other factors in children's development such as healthy eating (12%), and physical activity (10%) due to growing pressure around childhood obesity. Yet, 4 in 10 still underestimate the positive impact that comes from the company of other young children for those under 5.

Fathers in particular are less aware of the positive impact that children socialising with adults can have with only 28% of fathers believed this to be the case, compared to 43% of mothers.

What do you think? Do you think it's the responsibility of nurseries to socialise children or should we take charge as parents? Tell us what you think in our forum.

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