Childcare is so much more than the word implies.
It is far more than simply a place where a child is cared for. It is far more than a necessary drop-off or convenient reprieve for working or busy parents. It’s far more than a safe play space for energetic toddlers to have fun and socialise.
Let’s take a closer look at the importance of quality childcare and why it plays such a crucial role in setting the foundation and the path for a child’s development.
In this article, we’ll discuss in detail how and why childcare:
ü helps prepare a child for structured learning at ‘big’ school
ü helps with the development of physical skills
ü promotes the development of strong social, emotional and communication skills
ü encourages a lifelong love of learning
ü sparks a child’s innate curiosity
Preparation for school
High-quality child care helps children develop skills they will need for success in school. Through play at their early learning centre, they are introduced to basic mathematical skills and concepts and their language, pre-literacy and cognitive skills are also given a boost.
Childcare can also be an opportunity for children to become familiar with simple routines and behavioural expectations. This is essential preparation for school where they will need to understand and accept concepts like taking turns, giving others a chance to speak without interrupting and tidying up.
A child who attends childcare will also benefit from being exposed to the roles of other adults in the environment and will start to learn how to relate to them. This can be a real advantage when a child progresses into more formal schooling.
Helps develop their physical skills
At childcare, children are exposed to a myriad of opportunities where they can develop important fine and gross motor skills. Whether it’s gluing bits of dry pasta onto card, throwing a bean bag or climbing over obstacles in the playground, children benefit from participating in a variety of different and fun gross and fine motor activities.
Social, emotional and communication skills
Interaction with other children is absolutely vital for the development of a child’s social, emotional and communication skills. Even if a child is extremely shy or apprehensive about socialising, a warm and nurturing childcare environment can help allay their fears and encourage positive social interaction.
This early exposure to social interaction sets the foundation for important social, emotional and communication skills as they grow up. Things like setting boundaries, resolving conflicts in a constructive way, forming friendships and learning empathy can all have their foundation in quality childcare.
Feeds a child’s innate curiosity
Children are born with a natural curiosity to explore and discover the world around them. When they’re exposed to a stimulating childcare environment where caring and loving teachers encourage participation and engagement, it fosters this natural curiosity.
Sparks a love of learning
Quality early education can spark a lifelong desire for knowledge and understanding. Even the simplest activity can open up opportunities for learning and creative expression. Children learn best when their enquiries and discovery are powered by the things that interest them, and an experienced teacher will know how best to ignite children’s imaginations and spark a lifelong love of learning.
Here at Treasured Tots, our purpose is to provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating ‘home away from home’ where creativity and learning are visible. Each of our four quality childcare centres in Mandurah, Fremantle, Bibra Lake and Piara Waters has premium custom-designed facilities and our friendly team of experienced professionals is totally committed to personalised play-based learning and development for each and every child.
If you are investigating early learning centres in Perth, we welcome you to get in touch with Treasured Tots or book a tour of any of our wonderful centres to ensure our management team are available to show you around and answer any questions.