Childcare is Good for Your Kids



 

 

Parents might wonder about the long-term affect being placed in childcare will have on your child. Fortunately, research shows parents can put their concerns aside. Here are the benefits your child receives because he or she is going to daycare.

  • Kids in daycare are less likely to have emotional problems, separation issues, anxiety and social withdrawal symptoms than those who are with their moms or an individual caregiver.
  • With a group of kids who are not siblings, daycare kids are exposed to solving conflicts without a parent stepping in or allowing the youngest child to get his or her way.
  • They learn to share toys, art supplies and such. They are better at sharing as they learn this lifelong lesson earlier and on a daily basis. They learn to solve problems and become team players at an early age, too.
  • Children develop the skills they need for self-control, how to get along with others and they are less likely to have behavior issues with this skill set.
  • At childcare, there’s always something to do. Kids are exposed to more things outside of their own environment and it broadens their horizons.
  • Kids in daycare groups before age three have had more respiratory and ear infections. However, throughout their elementary school years they become sick less often than kids who stayed at home.
  • Making friends and developing friendships become part of the day-to-day environment at a childcare center. Kids learn the key elements needed for friendship before they hit elementary school.
  • With interaction between peers, often times, kids learn faster from other kids than they do from parents.
  • Daycare kids are used to a schedule and routine and will make the transition easier when they go to school.
  • They’re exposed to learning and socialization opportunities on a regular basis, which enables them to adapt in school settings.
  • The daily structure of a daycare center prepares kids with school readiness skills. These skills include attentiveness for the learning environment with educational activities, art, music, snack time and reading time.
  • High-quality daycare children score slightly higher on measures of academic and cognitive achievement years later as teenagers, according to United States National Institutes of Health.