The thought of sending your child to a child care center at first may seem very frightening. However, there are so many benefits that both you and your child can receive from it. Both socialization and learning takes place while children are still young. While it is a suitable option for those parents who need some place to bring their child while they work, it is also an excellent environment to help encourage developmental skills for your child.
Regular Routines and Schedules
Children have the opportunity to learn about schedules and routines while in child care centers even though they may not quite understand the concept of time. Daycare centers provide an environment full of learning activities that include both storytelling and singing. These are activities that play a huge role in children’s development and growth, toddlers especially. Scheduled routines for napping, eating, and playing will help mold the behavior of all toddlers which can then benefit the parents while they are at home.
Advancement in Academics
Many studies show that kids who spend a lot of time in child care centers starting from a young age had higher cognitive performance as teens. Your child can benefit from future success just by attending a daycare center. This is especially true for those childcare centers that provide an environment full of necessary support and ample opportunities for interaction with both peers and providers.
Increase in Confidence
Your child will be given the opportunity to learn how to feel comfortable and confident in social settings by enrolling them in a childcare center. When it is time for them to meet new people, they will forever take this skill with them throughout their lives. Kids that learn to build their interpersonal skills at a very young age will heighten their communication skills and build their self-esteem.
Socialization and Fun
Kids need a lot of time to socialize and have fun. Daycare centers can come in handy for those parents who do not have the time to set up play dates with other children for their kids. Children are given the opportunity to play games, and even make friends that they can establish friendships with for years to come. Supervised and safe childcare centers are able to shape the learning for younger kids.
It is a huge benefit to your child for them to be able to effectively communicate. Since childcare centers consist of children of many stages and ages, the opportunity will present itself. Some kids are more comfortable communicating in a non-verbal way while other kids are more chatty and talkative. Regardless of the communication pattern they have, it is still the best opportunity for your child to tackle those areas of communication that they are having a hard time with.
Easy Transition into Kindergarten
Kids that have been a part of a childcare center for some time will have a much easier time transitioning into a more structured environment when it comes time for them to enroll in kindergarten. Teachers and other care providers within these daycare centers introduce children to numbers and alphabets which help him or her to adjust quickly to a more formal schooling environment.
Children at a young age are taught independence if they are in a childcare setting. This is because kids have to get used to not having their parents or any family member around for that matter. The only people around for them to rely on will be themselves and their teachers. Different activities and tasks such as putting on their socks, and organizing their toys will be practiced, which further encourages independence.
Childcare centers present children with many opportunities to socialize and play with other kids their own age. The ability to work with others will teach them to become team players and have good behaviors. They will learn how to play together and share. This will all take place while their minds and personalities continue to grow.
Reduction in Future Infections
While it may seem as if kids constantly get sick from attending daycare, those same kids will less likely catch as many infections later on in life. A study that was published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine showed that kids who are a part of childcare centers with many kids before the age of 3.5 do get more ear infections and respiratory infections than those who are taken care of at home. However, those kids are less likely to get those infections once they begin elementary school.
Even though it’s a huge inconvenience for your child to get sick no matter the age, it is a bigger inconvenience when your child has to miss school and necessary learning when they become sick.
Enrolling your child in a high quality childcare center will and can benefit your child in more ways than you can imagine.