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There are many different things to think about when considering daycare. There are countless articles about the pros and cons of daycare. Some parents rave about daycare while others never even consider it an option. If you are considering daycare, know that high-quality daycares can provide major benefits to you and your little one.
Children who attend daycare experience health benefits. At first, it might sound bad or dangerous to send your child to somewhere you know has a plethora of germs. However, exposing children to the different germs found in daycares has shown improved immune systems in daycare children. This means that children who went to daycare are less prone to infections and sickness later in elementary school. One study even suggests that children who go to daycare are less likely to later develop cancer. The study suggested that children who attended daycare had immune systems that knew to not overreact to germs, decreasing the chance of immune system issues such as leukemia.
High-quality daycares provide children with learning opportunities. Lolo’s Little Carlin’s Daycare teaches their 4 to 6-year-old children how to write letters, basic phonic sounds, shapes, colors, how to count to 100, and some basic sign language. Knowing these things before starting preschool or kindergarten can help make the transition into formal school easier for children. Children love to feel successful. It’s important to give children a strong knowledge base to draw on as they start school so they can feel successful and see school as a positive experience.
The set routine and schedule of daycares can also help children adjust to the routine of school. Daycares give children the opportunity to practice following a routine and listening to adults other than their parents.
At daycare, children interact with adults and many different children. They learn valuable social skills. This highly social environment helps children become comfortable with different social interactions. Daycares provide children with opportunities to practice taking turns, sharing, problem-solving, and playing with other children.
Children who go to daycare socialize with children their own age and with children who are older or younger than themselves. This variety of social interactions helps daycare children learn how to adjust their playing behavior to match the needs of their playmate’s age.
Children learn how to communicate their wants and needs at daycare. The highly social aspect of daycare gives children many opportunities to listen to and mimic the conversations they hear. The best way to develop language skills is to actively practice speaking. Daycare encourages children to practice speaking with other children and with adults.
Daycare can be beneficial for both children and parents. Daycare allows parents to go to work and know their child is in a safe and positive environment. Parents of children in daycares tend to form friendships with other parents. These friendships provide support systems that mothers and fathers need in raising their children.
Research the different daycares in your area to find a high-quality daycare that could benefit your child, and give you the peace of mind you need while you work.