Six benefits of childcare
Whether you’re considering enrolling your child in childcare just a couple of days a week, or having them attend full-time, introducing a formal early learning framework into their routine from a young age offers a host of benefits for both the child and their parents.
From socialising to independence and setting them up for education success, here are six benefits of childcare.
Throughout life, the ability to socialise and interact with others is a necessary skill, and it’s one that is developed in the early years of childhood.
When children are exposed to different personalities and traits, they learn key social skills like sharing, empathy, and communication.
In many cases, the earlier a child interacts with others, the better. It allows them to forge early friendships, develop through play, and engage through imagination.
In the process, they develop important skills like conflict resolution, negotiation, and resilience.
It’s well-documented that many children thrive on routine. Whether that’s a familiar place to play, a set bedtime or clear expectations, routine allows a child to predict what will happen next.
Childcare helps establish that routine, with familiar people, settings and experiences that allow them to explore the environment around them in a way that feels predictable, yet nurturing and safe.
This concept of routine will later prove essential in a school setting, but in the meantime, childcare allows a child to find their independence and resilience in a world outside their own home and family.
On that note, being exposed to a comforting and nurturing learning environment beyond their home helps build independence.
It allows a child to begin forging their own identity, connect with others and create meaningful relationships with educators, their peers and other children of different ages.
Ultimately this creates the self-confidence that allows them to further embrace independence as they develop and grow.
As wonderful as the home environment may be, children grow through exploration and stimulation.
Early learning-style childcare offers the ideal framework for this, courtesy of a play-based learning curriculum that aligns with developmental milestones
Whether it’s art, play, singing, counting or story time, each of these activities is designed to stimulate the child and create the foundations for a lifelong love of learning.
Preparation for school
An early learning framework is ultimately designed to set your child up for success at school.
It bridges the gap between infancy and primary school, helping children learn social skills, literacy and numeracy basics, along with routines that are familiar once they enter the more formal environment of prep then primary school.
While there are a multitude of benefits for children attending childcare, one often underestimated positive is the time out that it affords parents.
Too often childcare is considered a necessity for parents who work, but for those who might be working from home, or caring for other children, childcare also allows them uninterrupted hours of productivity or respite.
In the process, the parent knows their child is engaged, is learning and forging friendships with their peers.
How we foster learning through play
At Nature’s Kids Early Learning Centre, we have a focus on ‘real play’ where children are encouraged to explore and interact with their peers and the environment around them.
We view play as an essential element to learning, where early education is viewed through the eyes of children.