The Benefits of Childcare for Parents
The opportunity to build socialisation skills and develop a framework for later academic learning are just two of the many advantages of childcare for children. However, children aren’t the only ones benefiting from childcare. Their parents also reap the rewards of their children attending a high-quality childcare program.
Childcare extends beyond traditional babysitting services. Educators and staff who work in childcare facilities are certified in providing holistic support to the children they serve.
Australian children spend about
in daycare each week in an environment that encourages learning, playing, and socialising.
When daycare programs are wellstructured, parents can enjoy some of the following benefits.
An easier transition to Kindy
Arguably one of the biggest benefits of childcare for parents is it helps their children transition to Kindy much easier. Quality daycare programs provide a mixture of academic and social enrichment. Children who attend them develop a lifelong-learner attitude that taps into their creativity and curiosity.
When children are less anxious about Kindy, it can make parents’ lives much easier. Their children likely will not suffer from the same kind of extreme separation anxiety that can occur in their peers who did not attend daycare.
Childcare offers little ones the opportunity to build relationships with their peers. These early friendships help children learn the value of socialisation and how to cooperate and collaborate with others.
Parents can also build valuable relationships with their peers through their children’s childcare programs. First-time parents can meet others who are also new to raising children (and all the uncertainties and excitement it entails). They have the opportunity to build a network of support that can last beyond their children’s childcare years.
Structure and routine
Children aren’t the only ones who thrive with structure and routine. Adults also prefer a
predictable schedule. When adults and children know what to expect, it supports their emotional, mental, psychological, and social well-being.
An additional advantage of children following a routine at daycare is they are more willing to do the same thing at home. From mealtime to bedtime, children move through the rest of their day without hesitation or frustration because they have practised it all day long at daycare.
Getting accustomed to structure and routine also lends itself to an easier transition to Kindy. Children who spend time in daycare know what to expect from a structured program. Thus, they are less likely to be resistant when it comes time to attend Kindy.
Finding the right match
Not all childcare centres are created equally. Parents should look for a
play-based learning program
that encourages child-led and open-ended play. These kinds of environments help children engage with the world around them, becoming curious and continuous learners.
Other important features of a childcare program that are beneficial to both children and their parents include:
- Child safety features. The top priority for parents and childcare providers alike is ensuring the safety of the children in their care. Choose a childcare program that emphasises safety alongside a quality play-based curriculum.
- Location. Working parents, in particular, appreciate childcare programs near their places of employment.
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