Whether you are returning to work after maternity leave or have decided to pursue your passions and need to find someone reliable to care for your children, there are several reasons why you are considering daycare. If the idea of placing your child in daycare is filling you with fear and a little guilt, you might be reconsidering your choice. However, before you make a final decision, it is important to realize there are several benefits to enrolling your child in a qualified daycare program. Here are a few.
Daycare Prepares Your Child for Fulltime School
The transition from being at home full-time with a parent or nanny and being thrust into the structured world of preschool or kindergarten can be dramatic for children. This is especially true if the child has older siblings who aren't always around, or has not had regular interactions with other children their age. Daycare is a great way for your child to slowly become accustomed to being away from their parents for a longer stretch of time.
This means that by the time your child enters school, they are used to the routine of getting up in the morning and saying goodbye to their parents. This can help prevent a lot of early morning meltdowns and separation anxiety.
Daycare Can Strengthen Your Child's Immune System
It is no secret that when your child enters school, preschool, or daycare, your child is exposed to a lot of germs. This can mean some tummy aches, sniffles, and a few sleepless nights with a fever. This can also mean that your child's immune system is being strengthened, which can mean that if your child is exposed to germs during daycare, there is a potential for your child to be healthier when they enter school.
Daycare Can Increase Your Child's Self Confidence
Finally, if your child is shy and timid, your child might be less willing to express themselves when playing with other children or at home. Enrolling your child in a daycare allows them to be exposed to a variety of different interactions, obstacles, challenges that will help them grow. When your child learns to problem solve and how to cope with difficult situations outside the home, their self-confidence will grow.
This growth will be the foundation that will help your child thrive in school and beyond.
From strengthening your child's immune system to increasing your child's self-confidence, there are several ways that daycare will benefit your child and your child's development.