As a parent, decisions about daycare are among the most challenging choices you’ll ever make.
The prospect of handing over your child to new caregivers leaves many parents racked with guilt. Is it a safe environment? Will your child love it there? All these are questions you should consider before choosing a daycare. Of course, it’s not unusual to wonder whether you can just keep your kids home longer and teach them the same things they’d learn at daycare. While it’s possible to create your own homeschool daycare program, research has shown that children from 6 months to 4 years benefit significantly from high-quality early childhood education.
Daycare offers invaluable benefits. For one, kids will eventually need to be around other children their age to practice their social skills. Plus, you’re leaving your child in the capable hands of professional child educators who are passionate about teaching children and equipping them with the intellectual and social foundation for a successful future.
The Importance of Professional Child Educators
Believe it or not, most children develop a full range of necessary life skills pre-kindergarten. Early childhood is when children first learn to interact with others and create emotional connections. It’s also when they start to develop interests and explore new things. So the importance of early childhood education can’t be overstated.
That being so, professional child educators are, in a way, the building blocks of learning. They lay the foundation for learning and discovery to carry over to higher education and career life. In addition, these educators are trained to help children develop socialization, communication, critical thinking, and self-regulation skills.
Professional child educators have the specialized ability to build on what children already know, introducing new concepts and ideas that reinforce already existing interests and capabilities. Early childhood is a critical time in a child’s life. It’s more than preparation for kindergarten and elementary school as it aims for the holistic development of a child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs.
The relationship your child builds with their educator can influence their day-to-day development and future performance. When children are comfortable with their educators, they learn more quickly and successfully. Such a relationship will echo positively throughout the child’s life.
While you can teach your kids the same things they’ll learn in daycare, the environment in early childhood centers is uniquely designed to help children learn and develop essential life skills. A crucial part of what child educators do with young children is determining their interests plus finding ways to use these interests to boost their engagement in the learning process. As a result, your child will grasp new concepts faster and develop a passion for lifelong learning.
Professional child educators encourage skill development by:
- Inspiring children to explore areas of interest and incorporate them into their learning experiences
- Creating diverse, hands-on curriculums to help children develop social and cognitive skills
- Establishing a sense of trust and providing a safe environment where children feel free to play, explore and interact with each other.
- Facilitating group activities, allowing children to learn how to collaborate and make friends.
- Fueling children’s curiosities by developing creative and intellectually stimulating activities.
Make a Difference in Your Child’s Life
Learning through play allows for effective cognitive and communicative development. Professional child educators create an environment where your child’s needs will be met consistently to have the sense of safety and security needed to learn and grow.
Enrolling your kid in daycare is one of the best things you can do for them. Contact the Learning Center to discover how our educational programs can set your child on the path to success.