As a parent, you have a lot of choices that you have to make in order to ensure that you’re giving your child the best possible chance at succeeding as an adult. One thing that a lot of parents do is enroll their children in child care.
This can be a good idea, and definitely seems like it would always be a good idea on the surface. As a diligent parent, it’s your job to make sure that things like this are as good as they seem. How does one go about doing that? By doing their homework and learning as much as they can on the subject.
There is a lot to know about childcare, and there is a lot of information available on this particular topic. If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that you’re on the right path to learning everything that you can about what it would mean to enroll your child in one of these programs.
Today we’re going to be looking at the pros and cons of enrolling your child into daycare so you can be sure that you’re making the most informed possible choice for if this is going to be a good choice for your child or not.
The Pros of Childcare
There is absolutely no shortage of positives for enrolling your child into a daycare program. From a child psychologist’s viewpoint, there are nearly countless reasons why someone would want to put their child into a daycare program.
Let’s cover each in detail so you can know why child psychologists love daycares, preschools, and other types of childcare programs. We’re going to have to break this down into sub-sections in order to be sure that it’s as easy to read as possible.
A Headstart on Academia
Academia is pretty difficult, and having to learn the basics of pretty much everything from scratch doesn’t make it any easier for you. That’s what children have to deal with when they go from home life to kindergarten without any sort of primer in-between, and that’s a lot to expect of a child.
When you enroll your child into a preschool program, most of the time they’ll have educational enrichment that gets them a jumpstart on all sorts of subjects, for example:
All of these skills are things that your child will need to use most days for the rest of their life, and because preschool programs do their best to make sure that your child has a basic understanding of these subjects your child won’t get as much mental whiplash on their first day of school.
In fact, there are a lot of studies that prove that children that are enrolled in these programs perform better in all levels of schooling. That means that after enrolling your child into a daycare program, you can typically expect them to do better from kindergarten all the way to post-graduate school.
Earlier Practice of Social Skills
We use social skills every single day, in so many ways that you might not even think about on a conscious level. For example, you use social skills whenever you:
- Call a customer service hotline
- Talk to your boss
- Make new friends
- Go out for a night on the town
- Go on dates
- Check out at the supermarket
- Buy ga.
- Go to class
- Buy clothing
- Sign for a package
- Talk to your neighbors
The list goes on. Humans are incredibly social creatures, which means that having good social skills has a huge impact on your social, romantic, and even professional life. The earlier you get a chance to practice your social skills, the better you’ll be at socializing.
Daycare programs give your child an edge because it gives them a chance to practice their social skills with other children that are around the same level of development. This might not seem like a big deal, but it actually matters a lot.
Children interacting with adults doesn’t give them as much room to make up the rules as they go because adults have a lot more practice using their social skills than children. That puts the interaction in the favor of the adult that knows what they’re doing, making the playing field uneven.
Children interacting with other children, on the other hand, creates a level playing field. That allows the child to learn what works and what doesn’t on their own without any help from any adults whatsoever, and that allows the child a better chance of accelerating their learning.
Getting a Stronger Immune System for Your Child
No one likes getting sick. It’s just a fact of life. Getting sick oftentimes means that you’ll be laid up in bed for days on end. That could potentially translate to missing work or school for all of those days, and getting behind on learning or work.
While school might wait for you to feel better and give you the chance to catch up, as an adult the bills never stop trickling in so getting sick can end up costing you a lot of money. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you’re preparing your child for that.
When you enter your child into daycare, you give them the chance to interact with other children. Other children that are bringing germs to daycare that your child wouldn’t get the chance to interact with otherwise.
That does, of course, mean that your child will get sick a lot at first. That might not seem like a good thing, but it actually is. When your child gets sick at this point in their life, they’ll be less likely to get seriously ill as an adult.
That’s because of the way that your immune system works. When your body encounters an antigen, your body remembers it and learns how to deal with it the next time said antigen enters the body. After that, any time your body encounters that antigen, your immune system will know what to do.
The Cons of Enrolling Your Child Into Daycare
While there are a lot of good things about taking your child into daycare, there are a few things that are less than perfect about this entire process and, if we’re going to give you the whole picture, we have to go over that, as well.
Just like in the last section, we’re going to cover this through the use of subsections in order to make it easier for you to look over. There aren’t as many cons as pros, but they are definitely worth looking at.
Daycare Can Be Expensive
If you’re on a budget, you might not be happy to know that daycare can, at times, cost as much as it does to rent an apartment in most cities. That’s a lot of money, and if you’re on a budget you could end up having to spend a lot more money than you have on this.
Fortunately, most states have some sort of program that allows you to enroll your children for free, so if you know the resources available to you, you can easily circumvent this issue without much thought. That being said, you do need to know how to find these resources.
If you need help, just contact your local school district. They’ll be able to point you towards all sorts of programs that can assist you with the cost of enrolling your child into a preschool program, and most of the time they’ll be happy to help because it makes their job easier.
Bad Daycare Centers Exist
In any industry in the world, whether it’s automotive or childcare, there are good examples just like there are bad examples. When it comes to the future of your child’s education, it can be a pretty bad thing if the daycare you choose happens to be a bad one.
The stakes are a lot higher than just your child’s education here. If a daycare center is bad enough, it could end up causing lasting damage to your child’s psyche. The kind of damage that could take years of therapy to undo.
School districts can also usually help with this by recommending good programs to you. School districts have to keep on top of this kind of stuff because they’re trusted authorities on educational matters, so when in doubt, call the school district and ask them what they think.
Deciding What’s Best for Your Child
Parenting is one of the hardest things most people have to do in their lives. There are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind as far as raising a child goes, and even more, choices that need to be made if you have any hope of getting them to adulthood with all the tools they need.
Fortunately, there are a lot of resources available to you that can help you decide what is and is not best for your child so you can worry a little less about what you’re doing because you’re making informed choices