Expert Parent Advice

Top Ten Benefits of Child Care

I’m Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, and I’m proud to partner with Kids ‘R’ Kids for the Expert Parenting Advice series.

Making a decision on who is going to care for your child when you’re at work is a big one. Do you go for in-home care, daycare?  What’s the right choice?  Today, we’re talking about the Top 10 Benefits of Childcare for you and your family.

1. Structure and routine.  Kids thrive on structure and routine, and high quality childcare maintains a healthy balance of structured time and unstructured time to play, think and just be a kid.

2. Stability and reliability.  If the sitter gets sick, you’ll be in a scramble trying to make back up arrangements, or you may have to take off work.  No need to worry about that at Kids ‘R’ Kids.  Childcare centers maintain regular hours and are always fully staffed.  No matter what the circumstances, there are always loving, qualified childcare providers to take care of your little one so you can go to work with peace of mind.

3. Parent support. The community of parents at Kids ‘R’ Kids is great for new parents who may need extra advice or for veterans who enjoy the interaction with other parents in similar circumstances.

4. Developmentally appropriate curriculum.  The curriculum is based on your child’s age and developmental readiness.  You know your child will be getting just what he needs for social, emotional, language and physical development.

5. Kids are never bored!  Kids are rarely bored in a childcare setting as they can be at home.  There’s always something to do and kids to interact with. 

6. Socialization.  Kids learn to socialize with other children and learn to navigate the ups and downs of peer relationships.  They learn self-control, how to get along with others and to share.

The following benefits focus on school readiness upon entering kindergarten or first grade:

7. Less separation anxiety upon entering school. Usually, there is less separation anxiety (or none at all) when your child enters school if she’s been in childcare. She’s already used to being away from you for some time during the day. She’s learned how to make new friends and can be content without your undivided attention. The transition to kindergarten or first grade is far less difficult for those who’ve experienced childcare.

8. Accustomed to classroom routines.  Kids are already accustomed to classroom routines, transitions and interacting with peers.  They learn to sit and listen and will be ready to accept the information that will be thrust upon them in school. 

9. Academic readiness.  Kids are also introduced to the basics of math, science, social studies, various languages and communication skills plus physical development. 

10. Peace of mind. High quality childcare settings offer peace of mind – what you want most for the care of your little one.  Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies exceed the most stringent accreditation standards for health, safety, facilities and educational curriculum.

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I’m Amy McCready for Kids ‘R’ Kids, and I’ll see you next time.