5 Benefits of Sending Your Kids to a Child Care Centre

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Are you thinking about sending your child to a child care centre?

Are you concerned about the impact of a child care centre for both you and your child?

You really shouldn’t be concerned. In fact, there are many benefits of for your child.

The Benefits of a Child Care Centre

While conventional wisdom suggests that every child should be with his or her parents at home, the research shows that children benefit significantly from quality child care.

Study after study has shown that when you compare a child cared for exclusively by his or her parents to a child that has experienced child care as well as home-based care, child care is shown to have no negative impact on the child’s cognitive or language development. There is even evidence that children perform better if they have attended child care from a young age.

The sociologist Mario Small argues that parents “using childcare reap social, psychological, and even financial rewards”. Let’s dig a little deeper and go through the top 5 benefits of sending your kids to a child care centre.

 

  1. Preparation for School

The transition to school or kindergarten can be a difficult phase for both parents and children. That’s why any preparation that can help to ease the transition should be taken advantage of.

Sending your little one to a child care centre provides them with an invaluable opportunity to develop and experience many new things that can help prepare him or her for school.

There is evidence that children who attend child care centres develop many of the important and useful skills that are essential for classroom learning at school. These skills can include a wide range of things from being apart from their parents for a short time to problem-solving activities.

In fact, by sending your child to a care centre, you could avoid many of the behavioural problems that define this period for many parents. Instead, your child could seamlessly adapt to his or her new learning environment with fewer issues.

 

  1. A Regular Schedule

Young children really benefit from having a strict and regular schedule during the day.

Thanks to a full programme of activities at child care centres, your children will never be bored. From songs to stories, they’ll be able to enjoy their days and full schedules.

The children also enjoy structured periods of playing, learning, napping and eating. Playing is an important part of development and growth for many young children as they learn to explore the world around them.

Better yet, at the end of the day, when parents come to pick up their little loved ones, the children have used up most of their energy. This means they are likely to behave well at home and sleep well at night too!

 

  1. Cognitive and Language Development

Research by U.S. National Institutes of Health suggests that children who attend care centres are more likely to have higher cognitive and better academic results than those that didn’t.

Thus, while the decision to send your child to a child care centre may seem like a difficult one in the moment, it may pay off in the future in terms of your child’s development.

According to the research, this is especially the case for children who attended so-called, “high-quality” care centres. The best care centres include extensive interaction between the care providers and the children.

The professional staff is trained to identify when they should challenge a child to reach the next stage and when to comfort them. The combination of loving parents and professional staff works wonders for child development.

There are also practical elements to improving the development of your child. For instance, many care centres teach children topics such as the alphabet and colours.

This is often taught in a fun way through practical play. This can often be a really difficult task for parents at home to accomplish.

 

  1. Social Interaction

Children who stay at home often only experience one-on-one interaction with adults, mostly just their parents. Because of this, they may find group interaction much more difficult at a later stage.

In comparison, children in care centres learn to interact and make friends in groups early on. Not only do they learn how to make friends, but they also learn how to make themselves heard in a group.

Children especially benefit from spending time with other children of the same or similar age group. Many parents know this from play dates. However, child care centres offer this on a regular basis.

It’s also important for children to get the opportunity to interact with each other in a safe and supervised environment. It’s also important for children to learn to solve problems and share stories at a young age while their personalities are still developing.

However, it can also be valuable for children to experience social interaction with adults, as well as other children.

Children benefit from social interaction with other adults other than their parents and other members of the family. Child care providers act as role models and mentors.

 

  1. Better Health and Less Colds Later

It’s common knowledge that when children first attend kindergarten and school they come home with colds.

However, children who were sent to care centres by their parents are less likely to be sick when they start school. This is because they have already interacted with other people and are less vulnerable to viruses.

Children also get the chance to do lots of playing and exercising at care centres, which results in a healthier lifestyle.

 

Conclusion

While these are the benefits for your kids, there are also further benefits for parents!

Now that you know the benefits of sending your child to a child care centre, you can make an informed decision for you and your child.

For more information about child care centres in your area or the benefits of sending your child to a child care centre or if you have any questions or comments, get in touch with us.

17 replies
  1. Derek Dewitt
    Derek Dewitt says:

    My wife and I are thinking about putting our kid in daycare while we are away at work but aren’t sure about it yet. I had no idea that daycare could help kids develop higher cognitive academic skills. This sounds like a great way to prepare him for higher education in the future. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Brynne Jones
    Brynne Jones says:

    I never took into account how sending your child to daycare can help them to develop social skills. It was helpful that you stated how this provides an environment for children to interact with each other safely. My sister recently got a new job, so she has been trying to decide what to do with her young kids. Considering sending them to a child care service could be a good option for her.

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  3. Ashley Turns
    Ashley Turns says:

    I have been fighting with myself trying to decide if I want to send my kids to daycare or if I want to keep them at home another year. So thanks for letting me know that a child center will allow my twin girls will be able to learn to interact with other children their age and make friends. Since I know that they will need to make friends outside of just the two of them, I’ll be sure to start looking at great local daycares to take them to.

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  4. Deb Pearl
    Deb Pearl says:

    My wife and I have been considering putting our son into child care while we are at work, but we are a little nervous about it. That is great to know that if we take him to a child care center that he can have better academic results once he can go to school. It would be nice for him to grow mentally and socially. I think we will consider it more now. Thanks for the information!

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  5. Gerty Gift
    Gerty Gift says:

    I have to go back to work and was looking for different options for what I could do for my two children. I really appreciated everything you had to say about day cares and what they offer. What I found most interesting was that the children wouldn’t be as sick when they start school later because they’ve interacted with others and are less vulnerable. I think this is something that I really would love for them and if they can be healthier because of this then that is all I need.

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  6. Darrel Pontejo
    Darrel Pontejo says:

    Taking kids to child care center is one of the best decisions that a parent can do since they can prepare the kids to go to school. They can also meet new friends at an early age and interact with them, with the benefits listed above is not a disadvantage on the part of the parents.

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  7. William Pritchard
    William Pritchard says:

    Kids going to school will let them go out from their comfort zones. They could also socialize and make their own decision. They could let out and explore the world if they would.

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  8. Sariah Meagle
    Sariah Meagle says:

    I know that my niece is smart, but I think that if I send her to a child care center, the advantage you mentioned such as preparation for school could make her smarter. She’s a shy girl, so being able to mingle with other kids through the benefit of social interaction might help her come out of her shell. If she goes to a good center that has a great program, I think she could benefit from a regular schedule that you stated in order to prepare her for other stages in life.

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  9. Mia Stewart
    Mia Stewart says:

    I like how the article explains that by taking your child to daycare, it allows them to have a strict, regular schedule. My child does a lot better when we have a regular schedule we follow day to day but since I’ve started working we haven’t really had that. I will look into sending them to daycare so they can have a regular schedule again.

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  10. Sarah Packer
    Sarah Packer says:

    My husband and I work a hectic schedule and I feel like it’s hard on my kid when she doesn’t have a regular schedule to stick to. I didn’t realize how much a child could benefit from having a strict route like you would at a child care center; it seems like they’ll never be bored either. I’ll talk to my husband about putting our daughter in a care center as soon as possible.

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  11. Dave Anderson
    Dave Anderson says:

    That is a good point that children who stay at home only experience one on one interactions with adults. It would be nice for my son to learn how to do more social interactions. Maybe it would be good to send my son to a daycare center while I am at work so that he can learn how to talk to other kids and adults.

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  12. Courtney
    Courtney says:

    Thank you for this article! Daycare has many benefits! When researching this for my kids, one of the other moms on the Weecare.co Community page brought up a good point. She said, “we’ve really enjoyed watching our daughter develop more and more in her social skills. Being around other children her age has made her so much more independent and it’s important to us that she gets to know children from different backgrounds.” Here’s the link for the full thread: weecare.co/post/working-moms-should-i-put-my-son-in-daycare-28.

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