5 factors influencing a child’s social development in early childhood!


A child at the tender age of 3 or 4 is afraid to move out of the comfort of their parents into the unknown school campus. At school, the teacher is someone who can supplement the absence of parents. Like parents back at home, at school, the teacher sets the limits, rules and expected behavior from a child.

On successful completion of each task, the child gets appraisals and positive reviews even at school. These give him/her the confidence to explore new things, further stepping out from the comfortable vicinity of known faces and be outspoken.

Thus, a huge part of the child’s social development falls upon the teacher. It is up to the teacher to allow the child establish himself/herself as a well-mannered individual in the society. Most of the social values a person carries are learned from school, to be precise- from a teacher. A good teacher, therefore, inspires one to carry out social duties towards the community.

All of these ensure a comprehensive social development of a child.

Culture and religion

The culture or community a child grows up in determines his/her social behavior to a great extent.

For example, if a certain cultural or religious community does not encourage socialization, it will hinder a child’s social development.

That is, the child will adapt ways of separation and grow up as an isolated being. He/she will not possess skills of gelling up well with others of his/her age. The child will probably mix with people from his/her community; which will fail to bring about diverse traits in their personality.

Whereas, a child growing up in a mixed culture or a liberal one will have different opinions and viewpoints. He will be more open to socializing and accepting different kinds of people. This will keep adding to their personality, creating an impressive one when he/she becomes a grown up.

Extra curricular activities

Extracurricular activities include dancing, singing, playing instruments, sports, art and craft and such others. Because all work and no play makes Jack dull, in recent times, these have been made a compulsory part of every school’s curriculum.

As children together take part in such activities, they learn the importance of teamwork and performing in groups. You will soon notice your child taking responsibility for others, crafting unique ideas to overcome difficulties, showing interest in organizing skills. All these forms an integral part of social development.

Through extracurricular activities, they learn the importance of acknowledging and praising others for their brilliance. This later helps them become appreciative of other people. Otherwise, children seem to turn envious and jealous.

Social development – coming to a conclusion

Human beings are part and parcel of a society, so, nobody can live outside it. Living in isolation can bring neither peace nor happiness. Thus, acquiring appropriate social behavior from a very young age is important to integrate into the society he or she lives in. However, the kid also has to learn the art of retaining their individuality while developing social skills.

Living within the vicinity of a healthy family, friend circle, teachers and culture nurture the process of kid’s social development.